Only when the Supreme knowledge is expressed by a pure being to an equally pure receptacle, it will shine in its purest dimension! Nutan Swamiji enlightens us that it is not the scholarship or harsh austerities, but the purity, sharpness and expanse of the 'buddhi', which qualifies one for self realization.
The Apara (inferior) knowledge covers the entire gamut of objective knowledge, the four vedas and six vedangas - they are prescribed for the sake of developing discipline and perfection. It is only when the buddhi undergoes a complete transformation, becoming subtle and penetrating through the process of assiduous introspection, that the Para (Supreme) knowledge becomes a possibility. The whole purpose of the inferior knowledge is to finally attain the Supreme Knowledge!
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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.