As the chariot of Kathopanishad moves forward in this Satsang, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha succinctly summarizes the crux of the previous sessions. To progress along this path we must have an intelligence that is anchored to the Soul, a disciplined mind connected to the intelligence, a relaxed state of attentiveness, and purity within and without.
For all these factors to develop we must cultivate more of sattva guna, and Swamiji in this Satsang explains just how to do that. Taking help from verse 18.20 of Bhagavad Gita, before continuing with Kathopanishad, Swamiji enlightens us on the subtleties that help us get dissolved in our Real “I”, as well as the obstacles that stand in the way.
What is a pure intelligence? For us fortunate viewers much of the answer lies in simply observing Swamiji – clarity, simplicity, naturalness, compassion.
Kathopanishad 1.3.8, 1.3.9, 1.3.12, 1.3.13
Bhagavad Gita 4.38, 18.20, 14.6
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.19.45
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2
Ashtavakra Gita 1.4
Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Sara Sangrah 996
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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.
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Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha