The third chapter of bhagavad gita begins with a very pertinent question of Arjuna: If knowledge is superior to activity, then why should I fight this terrible war? What indeed will bring me everlasting good?
Quoting Krishna's own words from various slokas in second chapter, Poojya Swamiji painstakingly brings to light the confusion in Arjuna's mind. Krishna first gave Arjuna the knowledge of SELF and immediately afterwards, exhorted him to fight the war. To Arjuna, it appeared as if Krishna is confusing him by making conflicting statements.
Swamiji says, the 'I' in us is 'Spiritual' and continues ever to be so despite what the body, mind etc do. Our life in this world can never make us 'material'. The secret lies in 'Spiritualizing' all our interactions instead of 'materializing' them!
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.