Swamiji in this talk continues to detail how a Knower constantly acts but with no desires and all his activities are for the welfare of all. Being always anchored in the Real Identity, such noble persons motivate the society to pursue the righteous path. Here, Swamiji gives the example of how Poojya Bhoomananda Tirtha took up the social movements just to rid the society of corrupting forces.
Presenting himself as a role model before Arjuna, Sri Krishna says that though he has no duties to perform in the three worlds, he is working incessantly to keep the society on an auspicious path. Arjuna is cautioned that if noble persons don't work with love, sincerity, attention, joy and fulfillment, then the society will resort to idleness and it would decline.
Swamiji concludes by reminding us to offer all our actions in the Universal Yajna of the Lord, which is the simplest way to dissolve our individual egotism and free us from all delusional clinging.
Shlokas Discussed: 3. 16 to 26
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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.