This series of talks are classes conducted by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha. It is a rare exposition where Swamiji deeply analyses and explains each and every verse of the text.
This Upanishad presents the ancient knowledge which was passed from one generation to the next through the Guru-shishya lineage. In this Upanishad, Sage Angiras imparts it to Shaunaka, a householder disciple.
Explaining the Shanti Mantra of Mundakopanishad, Swamiji explains that it is chanted to make our mind focussed and to create a sublime atmosphere for the study of the Upanishads. Swamiji proceeds to analyze the Shanti Mantra in detail, where one prays for overall auspiciousness.
Swamiji discusses the first two verses which highlight the importance of Brahma Vidya that is going to be presented in the Upanishad. These initial verses speak about the spiritual lineage.
Swamiji also begins speaking about Shaunaka, the great householder, who approaches Sage Angiras with his deep spiritual enquiry.
Shlokas discussed: (1.1.1 to 1.1.3)
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.