In this talk, Swamiji takes up the first verse of a set of shlokas very crucial for a spiritual seeker. These are the set of verses where Sri Krishna presents 20 qualities which together form true spiritual knowledge.
Swamiji delves deep into each quality and explains it with various examples. He makes it clear that these virtues and excellences are to be cultivated by a seeker of Self Knowledge.
As the qualities are imbibed, the mind becomes purer, expansive, peaceful and comes closer and closer to the Self.
Explaining each word of the verse, Swamiji elaborates how even serious seekers are deluded into thinking that they have a certain quality when such is not the case. Swamiji discusses the qualities of sublimation of pride, non-ostentation, non-hurting, tolerance, straight-forwardness, fondness and love for the teacher, cleanliness (inward and outward purity), stability and self-control.
Through his incisive analysis and explanation, Swamiji forces us to think about these qualities deeply and assess whether they are present in us and to what degree.
Shlokas Discussed: (13.7).
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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.