How often is our mind truly in the present, rather than dwelling in the past or mulling over an imagined future? The Jeevanmukta’s mind is always so, reveals Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha as we continue our exploration of the sthitaprajna state.
The hallmarks of a Jeevanmukta, one who is liberated while remaining in the body, are beautifully described by Swamiji, showing us very clearly that spirituality is meant for active life not end of life. The absorptive stithaprajna state is a stepping stone to realizing the Self. With deeper and more truthful introspection, the mind itself becomes the Consciousness, transcending even the Subject-object differentiation to culminate in non-differential vision. By soaking in the wisdom of our Spiritual Teachers, we slowly move towards that eternal abode of fearlessness and ever-lasting contentment, where the whole life becomes nothing but a joyful sport.
Bhagavad Gita 2.55
Vivekachudamani 426, 427, 425, 432, 428, 439
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 5.12.34, 2.12.20
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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.