Through the next set of verses commencing from 7 up to 11, Nutan Swamiji discusses in detail the 8-fold Prakriti, also referred to as the Kshetra in chapter 13.
Swamiji explains that we are immortal and an Ansha (a part) of the Supreme. He instructs us to revel in the self illuminating abode (the Revealer) rather than focusing on all that is revealed. The mind has immense potential and we must use it to recognise our true nature through constant introspection, says Swamiji.
Swamiji recapitulates the earlier verses, which expound the perishable nature of the sansaara vriksha (World tree) and the worldliness that traps us. Increasing unaffectedness by constant practice, wholesome enquiry and cultivating the pure qualities are once again touched upon in this talk.
Swamiji further discusses about the Supreme self by giving us a tangible example of electricity that manifests in many names and forms and is yet untouched by any of them. We are all children of immortality and we must recognise the unaffectedness of the self. Swamiji exhorts all seekers not to get stuck in the enjoyments of this world but dissolve the knots of ignorance, apply Viveka moment to moment and realize one’s true identity.
Shlokas Discussed: (7 to 9)
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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.