This discourse series, based on the 14th chapter of Bhagavad Gita, was delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha ji in Jamshedpur. In his usual thorough and analytical manner, Swamiji delves into each verse and also connects it to other verses in the scriptures. He presents the concepts in such a manner that a seeker finds it easy to apply them in life situations.
Swamiji speaks about the ancient spiritual Rishis who found that the world is ever-changing and temporary in nature. In search of permanence and stability, they probed within. They found that the Self they discovered in samadhi is the same substratum on which the whole Universe is displayed. They found that activities are a hindrance in attaining this placidity of mind and took to a life of seclusion.
In contrast, says Swamiji, Bhagavad Gita presents a revolutionary idea of yoga where activities can be a direct means to reach the auspicious goal by offering every work to the Lord. Thus, activity became a practice for the purification and sublimation of mental reactions.
This is an introductory session on the three-Guna model which Krishna presents analysing the personality of human beings. Swamiji emphasizes that by understanding the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas), one can attain spiritual perfection.
Slokas Discussed: 14.1 & 2
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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.