The journey to the depths of our real existence continues, with Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha lovingly and masterfully steering us away from the innumerable tumultuous twin experiences of likes and dislikes, vice and virtue etc, towards the unshakable experiencing Self.
Using his own experiential wisdom and understanding of the scriptures, Swamiji fortifies shlokas 2.48-2.50 of Bhagavad Gita, with priceless, pertinent shlokas from Ashtavakra Samhita and Yogavasistha Ramayana. Supreme yoga is when the intelligence, anchored to the Soul, remains equipoised through all pairs of opposites which exist only up to the mind level. Whatever the plight of the mind, the redressal is only one - intelligential pursuit of introspection to realize our real I, the untainted, ever-liberated Self.
In all our scriptures the protagonists were put into Truthful introspection and contemplation by their Wise Teachers. How blessed are we to have our own Wise Teacher not only showing us the way towards eternal freedom and excellence, but walking with us at every step.
Verses explained by Swamiji - Bhagavad Gita 2.48, 2.49, 2.50
References used -
Yoga Vasistha Ramayana 2.15.20, 2.19.35, 5.93.21
Bhagavad Gita 2.7
Ashtavakra Gita 1.6
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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.