The true definition of yoga as given in Bhagavad Gita is further expounded by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, reinforced by some of the most powerful shlokas enshrined in our ancient scriptures. The most stunning aspect of the whole yogic practice is how simple it all is. There is no great distance to be traversed in this journey. We need only go within ourselves. We do not need to get at anything, we need only understand that we already are THAT which will give us eternal peace, happiness and freedom.
Like an unflickering flame in a windless space, the steady mind is focused and unswerving. Like a sharp arrow piercing through and pulverizing the target, that steady mind dissolves itself into the infinitely expansive SELF. And when firmly established in the Self, the mind and intelligence remain unshakable, resolute and free. The only way to become this Knowledge is to imbibe the words of our spiritual texts, handed to us so lovingly and patiently by our benevolent Spiritual Masters.
Verses explained by Swamiji - Bhagavad Gita 2.52, 2.53
Brahmabindu Upanishad 18
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.18, 11.14.43, 11.14.44
Mundakopanishad 2.2.3, 3.1.5, 2.2.4
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 5.8.11
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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.