Swamiji continues to discuss Brihadaranyaka Upanishad which takes us to a lofty level of understanding.
Yajnavalkya through his first message treats Maitreyi’s attachment for him (her husband) and her fear of the impending separation. He says that we love our spouse, children and other worldly objects for our own sake, our own fulfillment and happiness.
Swamiji dives deep into this subject of man’s quest for happiness and brings great clarity to our minds. Through various life examples Swamiji makes us understand that joy springs from our own mind. He forces us to acknowledge that delight is not in the objects but it is in our own mind. Desirelessness, effacement of ego and non-possessiveness showers one with bliss and eternal joy, says Swamiji.
Swamiji then proceeds to discuss a very significant message of Sage Yajnavalkya that Atma can be known by intense hearing, introspection and contemplation. When this Truth of the Atma is realized, everything becomes known. When all blemishes of the mind are washed off, the Self shines in its pristine form.
Verses Discussed: (2.4.5)
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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.