While living in this world, the interaction between the senses and their objects in unavoidable. The senses are useful tools for the mind and intelligence to perform their functions. But the moment mind gets allured towards any sensory object, it becomes a slave to the senses - craving for fleeting sensory indulgences. Such unbridled indulgences can often lead one to danger and downfall.
Poojya Swamiji enlightens us that the Mind is far more powerful than the senses. Mind alone activates the senses and makes it possible for them to function. It is due to delusion, that it courts slavery.
By nourishing the mind with knowledge and dispassion and enriching it with lofty qualities, the mind becomes sublime in its responses. Such a mind begins to radiate delight on its own and the senses lose all their sway and begins to shy away from it!
Poojya Swamiji will be taking Bhagavad Gita Verse by Verse in this Satsang (Saturdays). Swamiji is now discussing the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
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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.