Discussing the verses from the last portion of Kathopanishad, Nutan Swamiji describes in detail the two aspects of spiritual sadhana - the meditational and interactional.
In meditational sadhana, the emphasis is on the direct experience of the Self. When the senses, mind and intelligence are gently led to a state of quietitude, but yet alert - the Self reveals itself. This 'svanubhava' is necessary to recognize the truth that the Self alone is the substratum on which the whole world, including this body-mind personality subsists on and dissolves into.
But the moment the senses, mind and buddhi become active again, we completely miss the all revealing Self amidst the barrage of object perceptions and the world begins to trouble us. So the seeker, deriving from his samadhi experience and also with the help of truthful introspection, has to gradually transform the buddhi, until finally the knowledge that - 'There is nothing other than Consciousness at all', becomes his own!
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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.