Ma Gurupriya ji, in this talk, enlightens the listeners on what makes a seeker 'eligible' for spiritual wisdom.
She states very categorically that having realized that life has a higher purpose, one must make a wholehearted effort towards attaining it. One-pointed focus and a deep sense of renunciation are the key ingredients of sadhana.
Ma emphasizes that one must persevere as a Shishya and become fit or eligible to receive this knowledge of the Self. Quoting Shankaracharya, Ma exhorts a seeker to go to a Guru. A Guru alone can lead a seeker forward, enlighten him and establish him in this Truth.
Ma discusses the 'Sadhana Chatushtaya’ (four-fold qualities of a seeker) which are described in the scriptures. Explaining them in detail, Ma says that these four-fold qualities are necessary for any seeker who yearns for fulfilment and liberation.
Ma warns us against becoming complacent in one’s Sadhana. Ma also highlights the importance of surrendering at the feet of a Guru. The Guru will remove the hindrances in our spiritual path and help us to grow and realize our Atma, says Ma.
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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.