Swamiji elaborates further on the shloka 1.1.2 and says that Srimad Bhagavatam is a full knowledge treatise that can sublimate and delight the mind. By listening to the text, ruminating on it, and developing purity and devoutness, one can access the Lord and install Him in one’s heart.
Taking shloka 1.2.11, Swamiji discusses the essence of Srimad Bhagavatam. Swamiji makes a profound analysis of the meaning of non-dual knowledge. All knowledge springs in our own Consciousness which animates and activates our body, says Swamiji.
Revealing the deepest Truth presented right in the text, Swamiji explains that Brahman the Supreme Reality of philosophy, Paramatma the inmost self of spirituality and Bhagavan the great power called God, are none other than the non-dual knowledge. This knowledge can be traced by man inside his own body.
Knowledge is a comprehension, awareness, understanding, realization in us. Our own mind leaves its constrictions and the intelligence rises above all doubts and delusions. Mind becomes pure, intelligence becomes subtle, the heart becomes noble, broad, says Swamiji.
Shlokas discussed: (1.1.2) (1.2.11)
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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.