In this enriching satsang, Ma tells us that desire is at the root of the fever of worldliness. This fever keeps us trapped in the maze of 'I' and 'mine' and distracts us from the real purpose of our life. Though we are unaffected, unchanging and all pervading like the sky, we needlessly court suffering by identifying with the body-mind identity.
Ma explains that Maya, with its inscrutable powers of tamas and rajas, first veils our real nature and make us believe we are the limited body-mind identity and then binds us through various activities of the world. The end result being suffering alone.
The only way out is to cultivate more and more of sattva guna. Unless we are constantly attentive to our constricting traits and steadfast in getting rid of them, self realization will remain a distant goal. Ma exhorts us to cultivate the qualities of the Self in our minds, by loving the quality and being humble and open to absorb it.
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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.