As we keep listening, we feel we have gained deeper understanding of this Knowledge and start making our assessments. But is intellectual understanding enough? Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha cautions that it most certainly is not.
To make this Knowledge our own we must go within, meditating and contemplating on the Truth of our real identity. The journey is about cultivating qualities to make the mind pure. Only then will our focus shift from mental impressions, to Consciousness that is the substratum of all impressions, just as waves of the ocean contain nothing but the ocean itself. The goal is simply to keep walking. Blessed are we to have our Spiritual Masters guiding us along the path with their wisdom, openness, and loving kindness.
Kathopaniṣad 2.1.10, 2.1.11, 2.1.12, 2.1.13
Bhagavad Gita 2.54
Patanjali Yogasutra 1.3
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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.