Why do we dread death? Because we want permanence, and want to continue enjoying whatever we enjoy now, says Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha in this thought-provoking Satsang. Immortality lies in shifting our identity away from our ever-changing body-mind-personality, and pinning it to our eternal Soul. Swamiji clearly shows how.
Self is not an object to be attained. As we have been repeatedly told by the scriptures and our Wise Teachers, we are already THAT. To realize this Truth we need to remove whatever is covering it – our desires, constrictions, preferences and prejudices. All of which stem from ignorance of our real identity, the Atma. Grace of our Spiritual Masters bestows clarity, and inspiration to purify our minds so we can finally see the Truth of who we really are, Consciousness in which subsists the entire perceptible creation.
Kathopanishad 2.1.10, 1.1.20, 1.2.14, 1.1.26
Bhagavad Gita 6.32
0:00 - Start
0:51:08 - If Atma is changeless and immortal, why do Shastras speak about Punarjanma (Rebirth) and other lives?
1:19:25 - Conclusion (Shanthi Pata)
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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.