In this satsang, Swamiji explains how joy and contentment are entirely a product of the mind and being so, it is meaningless to run after the sense objects, in search of happiness. No sensation or experience is possible without the mind; the senses are inert and helpless in this matter!
As long as we are awake, the five sense organs continuously interact with the objects. So, there exists a perennial possibility of the mind being led astray by the senses. Therefore our buddhi must be active and alert in watching and regulating the mind and senses, at every step and prevent them from causing havoc. This inner regulation is indispensable for any spiritual seeker to attain placidity of mind.
Swamiji tells us that, an enlightened person always dwells on the inner presence, the Consciousness, knowing it to be the source and terminus of everything and finds ceaseless delight in it. The deluded on the otherhand, turn their back to this wonderful inner fountain of happiness and remain engrossed in fleeting sensory objects!
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.