Swamiji begins this talk by giving a succinct overview of the previous sessions. He underlines the fact that human beings have the ability to transform their own personality by introspection and sincere effort.
The three Gunas dominate our activities consecutively throughout the waking hours. When Sattva is dominant, the intellect becomes very sharp, subtle and sensitive in nature. When Rajo Guna becomes predominant, the symptoms of greed, exertion for worldly gain, restlessness, and craving develop.
The Atma is independent, untainted, unaffected and unchanging. Because of our identification with the three Gunas, we feel that we are bound to the body and the activities and the world.
Swamiji explains that a Knower of truth also works under the influences of these Gunas but they no longer bind him. All the Gunas in him become purified. Sattva Guna no longer binds him by Saatvika Sukha or Jnana. Rajo Guna doesn’t bind him by desires, Raga dvesha etc. He transcends all mental affectation caused by the results of any activity he undertakes and demonstrates peace and evenness in his attitude.
Slokas Discussed: 14.9 to 13
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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.