Right from the moment we wake up in the morning, the senses begin to interact with the external world and creates impressions in the mind. The mind in-turn gets immersed in the thoughts of these objects. Strangely, it never occurs to us to think about the inner presence which enlivens the body and makes all perceptions and interactions possible.
Poojya Swamiji exhorts us to contemplate on this inner presence and develop an association with it. Initially, due to inertia of habit, the prospect of leaving the external world and dwelling within, appears impossible and fearful. Swamiji tells us, this apprehension is like that of a girl who leaves the long association of her parents at the time of marriage and moves to the unfamiliar abode of the husband. But after spending enough time with the husband and enjoying his company, the very same girl now finds it difficult to return to the parental home!
In the same way, as the mind begins to enjoy the taste of this new inner association, a new affinity with the indweller develops. Finding God to be the one sure and unmistakable presence everywhere, very soon, the mind will find it difficult to leave that association and identify with the worldly chores!
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.