Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha ji goes into the profound depth of verse 5 of Chapter 15, painstakingly explaining every word. Reinforcing the earlier verses which stressed on the powerful tool of Viveka and Vairagya, Swamiji discusses the desirable qualities to be cultivated by one who is treading the spiritual path.
Nutan Swamiji asks us to end worldliness and take refuge in the Aadi Purusha. Swamiji begins discussing the first two qualities of Maana and Moha - the self-centred identity and the delusion that happiness lies outside. Giving practical examples, Swamiji makes it very easy for us to understand and apply in our own lives.
Introspecting and constantly being connected to the Soul and being free from desires and clinging, one must allow the natural qualities to blossom, says Swamiji. We need to win over our slavery to this world and discover the joy within. Once we recognise that all dualities like happiness and unhappiness are only a play within our mind, we become free from these dualities and move towards the unchanging self.
Swamiji assures us that all the qualities are interconnected. As one quality develops, the others grow too.
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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.