Why are we not able to progress in our sadhana? Why do we feel a sense of non-fulfillment in life even after many months and years of practice?
Ma says, it is primarily because we lack the intense yearning to remain anchored in God - to the exclusion of everything else. We do not emphasize enough that our primary identity is that of a seeker. The mind generally yearns for many things in this world, even though they cannot give us permanent happiness. So, with each passing day, we must evaluate ourselves - is the attraction for God increasing in our mind or do we feel more attracted to worldly things?
Ma tells us that in Guru Sannidhi - the whole atmosphere is spiritual. So, it will have its sublime influence on our minds and we often feel elevated and enriched by listening to his words. But, it should not end there. Whatever the Guru says, we have to think and ruminate over - again and again and not get distracted from it. That in itself will be a great seva to the Guru.
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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.
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.