In this talk, Ma gives the full description of Shankaracharya’s life. The talk emphasises the fact that even though Adi Shankara was believed to be Lord Shiva Incarnate and had performed some miraculous feats in his childhood, he took to a life of renunciation and sought the refuge of his Guru for establishing him in Brahma Vidya.
Recounting many incidents of His Life, Ma narrates how Adi Shankaracharya (in a very short life span of 32 years) traversed the country to re-establish Sanatana Dharma lost by society mainly due to the propagation of Buddhism. Shankaracharya's life was filled with challenges and obstacles, but his wholesome devotion to knowledge and his exclusive devotion to the Lord, makes him an eternal inspiration for mankind.
Ma relates many anecdotes of his short life and explains how his compositions on Jnana, Bhakti and Guru are of eternal value. In her melodious voice, Ma chants several verses from His compositions, to inspire us listeners also to learn and absorb them.
Ma reveals many facets of Adi Shankaracharya's life that are a great source of motivation for seekers to have a universal dimension. Ma explains how the spiritual lineage of Adi Shankaracharya continues even today. Ma mentions that Poojya Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha belongs to the Tirtha Parampara of Adi Shankaracharya.
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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.