Giving a short summary of the previous talk, Swamiji drives home the fact that the sages of yore focussed on the internal spiritual journey seeking the answer for the eternal question, “Who am I?”. The Upanishadic knowledge is a record of their experiences, open for confirmation even today. Each person needs to experiment and discover the same truth himself/herself.
Swamiji points out that Bhagavad Gita is a book of discipline. It makes us master of the world by becoming master of the mind, intelligence and emotions. Bhagavad Gita is also a book of life transformation. It analyzes threadbare the coordinates of the human personality so that we can divinize and transform our life and remain aware of the Truth even while interacting with the world.
Bhagavad Gita explains that the Truth can be realized not only in seclusion but also being fully active and interactive in the world. It tells us how one can divinize life by transforming the mind, bringing about a change in attitudes and having a broad vision so that one can perform one’s duties and interact with people and objects remaining unaffected.
Before beginning the first verse of the thirteenth chapter titled ‘kshetra kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga, Swamiji gives a clear definition of Yoga. We think that we are small and limited by our body-mind personality and everyone is different from us. Yoga is when the small ‘I’ becomes unified with the universal ‘I’ and the multiplicity and fragmentation are no longer there. When the Yoga attitude and vision is added to any activity we do, it becomes a Yoga.
Shloka Discussed: (13.1)
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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.