Swamiji begins this talk discussing the two concepts presented in the Upanishad here--Shreyas (which leads one to auspiciousness) and Preyas (which takes one away from auspiciousness). Giving various relatable and simple examples, Swamiji explains that the choice (between Shreyas and Preyas) is entirely in our hands. The choice has to be made listening to the inner voice of Viveka.
Swamiji discusses the shlokas where Yamaraja praises the qualities of Nachiketa which are extremely essential for any seeker of Truth. He praises Nachiketa’s steadfastness in his seeking, his Vairagya, his resoluteness and his Dhriti (retentivity).
Through these verses one gets an inkling of the greatness and loftiness of the Ultimate Knowledge. One realizes that a seeker has to give Supreme importance to this knowledge and its pursuit in his life.
Shlokas Discussed: (1.2.1 to 1.2.10)
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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.