This discourse series by Swamini Ma Gurupriya was part of the Gurupoornima Retreat program at Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala.
In this talk, Ma draws a seeker’s attention to the all-important spiritual pursuit or Sadhana.
Sharing the wisdom from various scriptures like Vivekachoodamani, Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad Gita, Ma highlights the fact that human life has a higher purpose - to realize our True identity. And the goal of our Sadhana is to be embraced by this Soul identity.
Soulfully chanting the verses, Ma tells us that, as Sadhakas, we should feel grateful that we are blessed with three things. a) Having had a human birth which helps us to do Vichara. It enables us to reflect, introspect and ask questions. It also helps us to see the impermanence of the worldly objects and recognise the eternal nature of our Soul within. b) Having a burning desire for liberation. Our Sadhana lies in making this yearning more intense and deeper. c) Lasty, but most importantly, Ma underlines the fact that we are indeed very fortunate to have a Sadguru in our lives. For, a Guru alone will guide us and give direction to our Sadhana to progress towards our goal- to realize our universal dimension.
Quoting from the scriptures, Ma reminds us that a wise person should not waste time. He/she should make sincere efforts to understand and realize the Atma -his/her true nature.
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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.