In this talk, through the verses of the text, Swamiji makes an in-depth study of the personality of Nachiketa.
The discussion starts with the three boons that were offered by Yamaraja to Nachiketa. As a first boon, Nachiketa asks that his father’s mind should be restful. He did not have any worldly desires. Here, Swamiji focusses on the love and selflessness of Nachiketa.
For his second boon, Nachiketa wanted to learn Agnividyaa for the benefit of the people and in the process, proved his exceptional attention (Sraddha) as a student. He was thinking about the well-being of the society.
One understands from this talk that spirituality is all about expansion of the mind. A true seeker will love his family, his friends, the society, the country and the entire globe. His love and concern will embrace the whole world.
Shlokas Discussed: (1.1.10--(1.1.19)
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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.