In this talk, Ma in a gentle but firm manner stresses on the great importance of self effort for a person walking in the spiritual path. She says that a seeker must have perseverance, vigilance and intensity to make progress in the spiritual path.
Narrating various incidents from her own life of seeking, Ma guides us on how to constantly monitor the state of our mind. Only an alert and attentive mind can know the vagaries of the mind and bring it back to the soul dimension, says Ma.
During her days of intense seeking, Ma had the habit of keeping a spiritual diary. Reading from this diary, Ma gives us a glimpse of how a seeker should practice his sadhana.
Ma lovingly explains that repeated contemplation on the qualities of soul, chanting the Guru mantra and deep observation of one's own behaviour helps a seeker to attain the ultimate goal. Discriminating between real and unreal, desire and need and cultivating contentment, a seeker can withstand the storm of life and float in bliss and remembrance of God, 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.