Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha elevates us further beyond rituals towards Supreme Knowledge, re-emphasizing the indispendible role of a resolute intelligence, before taking us through the next crucial verse in Bhagavad Gita, 2.45.
Rituals only deal with the perishable world of trigunas (three modes of nature - sattva, rajas, tamas), which we are already immersed in. There can be no promotion to the next level unless we rise above these rituals, remain indifferent to the trigunas and pairs of opposites, and anchor ourselves to the eternal, imperishable Self, the I.
Living and breathing every word of our eternal scriptures, Swamiji brings us closer to realizing that the whole world is nothing but the pure, unfragmented Soul, to free us from the delusion of differentiation once and for all.
Verses explained by Swamiji - Bhagavad Gita 2.41, 2.44, 2.45, 2.46, 2.47
References used -
Mundakopanishad 1.2.8-10, 1.2.12, 2.2.11
Manisha Panchakam 5, 4
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this Satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
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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.