Essential Qualities of a Seeker of Truth
Swamiji continues the exposition of the four-fold Sadhana emphasizing the importance of these qualities in one’s quest for Truth.
We grasp the fundamental point that our Nishtha (dedication) towards the Truth will be successful only when we have these four-fold qualities. No amount of erudition will help us attain our ultimate goal of life.
Quoting verses from Bhagavad Gita and Vivekachoodamani, Swamiji says these texts discuss Viveka, the art of discrimination, thoroughly. He elaborates on the application of Buddhi Yoga in and through all activities. Our intelligence has to distinguish between Permanent and Impermanent. Bringing Discrimination to a simpler and applicational level, Swamiji speaks about Sreyas (one which leads us towards auspiciousness) and Preyas (one which leads us away from auspiciousness).
Swamiji highlights the fact that when a seeker gets established in Viveka, it automatically leads his mind to Vairagya. When the mind is adorned with more and more Vairagya, Discrimination (Viveka) also increases. Viveka and Vairagya, in turn, lead to the next six virtues.
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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.
Bhagavadgeeta – Sattva-Rajas-Tamas & Their Transcendence Ch.14 - Day 2
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha