Most of us think we need desires to move forward in life. Ma Gurupriya lovingly opens our eyes to the truth – that desires are nothing but poisonous vines that bind, causing fear and suffering. The only way to free ourselves from their clutches is with the powerful blade of vairagya (dispassion).
As we go along this path, we may feel we are growing in dispassion and have dropped worldly desires. Seekers beware, cautions Ma, desires lurk in our innermost recesses. What we must be extremely watchful of, and develop dispassion to then are our own thoughts. It is our thoughts that ultimately victimize us, making us fall prey to raga-dvesha (preferences and prejudices). The solution is given by our scriptures – simply overcome all desires, with the most powerful desire for dispassion.
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 1.32.12, 1.32.3, 1.32.4, 2.2.3, 2.2.6
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.43
Vivekachudamani 79, 78
Bhavani Ashtakam 3, 4, 7
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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.