Having made it clear to us that everything we perceive is nothing but Consciousness, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha goes deeper into the twin regenerative means to spiritual progress - abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (dispassion). The emphasis in today’s Satsang, is how effortfulness is the final obstacle in this path, and surrender the ultimate pursuit and fulfillment.
It seems ironic that our self-effort is to be applied to finally become effortless, but that is the way of this wonderful, enriching spiritual journey. With the grace of the Wise Teacher, guidance of our scriptures, and our own sincere, one-pointed and dedicated effort, we are assured we can reach the pinnacle of spiritual fruition, total surrender. To be absolutely free and natural, with a feeling of complete refuge having no expectations at all… what a blissful state of being! We humbly bow our heads in gratitude to these benevolent Masters for painstakingly showing us the way.
Patanjali Yogasutra 1.3, 1.4, 1.12, 1.13, 1.23
Bhagavad Gita 2.64, 18.26
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.16
Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.8
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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.