Essential Qualities of a Seeker of Truth
This three-day discourse was delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha in the Gurupoornima Retreat at Narayanashrama Tapovanam, Kerala.
Sadhana Chatushtayam has been clearly discussed in Vivekachoodamani (the last work of Adi Shankaracharya). It is the four-fold way of self-purification and making oneself fit for the Supreme knowledge. Through this exposition, Swamiji makes it simple and applicable for the listeners.
Swamiji says that Viveka (Discrimination), Vairagya (Dispassion), Six Inner treasures (Shama,dama, titiksha, uparati, sraddha and samadhana) automatically leads to an intense desire or compulsion for liberation. Freedom from the shackles of suffering and ego effacement are the end result of these virtues.
Discussing Discrimination, Swamiji says that Bhagavad Gita is a unique gospel of Viveka where Krishna shows the way to transform all secular activities into Sadhana. The soul dimensions of impersonality and universal love when applied in all activities bestows a seeker with placidity and equanimity.
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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.
Bhagavadgeeta – Sattva-Rajas-Tamas & Their Transcendence Ch.14 - Day 2
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha