In this talk, Swamiji continues to discuss the Yajna Bhava Sadhana and ‘The model of the Creation’. Through slide presentations he explains the difficult concepts presented in the shlokas.
Swamiji stresses how these models are prescribed to expand and purify the mind, make it desireless and to have a comprehensive universal attitude. To reinforce this point, Swamiji describes the Guna based Model, in great depth, quoting verses from the 14th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. He highlights the fact that all these models are prescribed only as the means to take us back to Ultimate auspicious goal.
With his own scientific knowledge, Swamiji explains all the subtle messages, also taking verses from the 18th Chapter. Karma is never a hindrance to Self Realization, provided it is done with the Yajna bhava, says Swamiji.
Discussing verses 17 and 18, Swamiji explains how a Knower performs all actions, being established in the Self. All his actions are Kriyas and create no bondage. The Self Realized Master is ever active, joyfully performing only for Loka Sangraha(welfare of the society). All his activities are from a Universal, Societal dimension, to bring everyone back to the Supreme Goal. Swamiji concludes by taking the examples of Raja Rishis like Janaka to elucidate this aspect.
Shlokas Discussed: 3.14 to 20
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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.