In this talk, Swamiji continues to elaborate on the initial verses of the third chapter of Bhagavad Gita where Arjuna humbly questions Krishna about the path of Auspiciousness (Shreyas).
Swamiji states that a Guru prescribes that path to the shishya, treading which he will be led to the auspicious goal, just like Krishna guided Arjuna. He explains how this knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation through the Guru Shishya Parampara (lineage of teachers and pupils). The Guru prescribes the path most suitable for the student, says Swamiji. So, Krishna instructed Arjuna to keep the mind focussed, drop all delusional clinging and fight.
Swamiji quotes from various verses of other chapters of the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, to connect the message of the 3rd chapter. To clarify Arjuna's question about paths of Jnana and Karma, Swamiji elaborately explains how both the paths have the same purpose of purification of the mind to attain the Ultimate Goal. Explaining Jnana Yoga, Swamiji discusses the non-dual knowledge where all differences are dissolved in the Transcendental Truth.
Discussing Bhava Shuddhi, Swamiji gives us a clue how to remove narrow and constricted thoughts by changing the mindset. He says that when it is constantly and sincerely practised, gradually and naturally all actions are performed not for desire fulfillment, but as an expression of fulfillment.
Shlokas Discussed- 3.3 & 3.4)
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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.