Swamiji begins by discussing Sri Krishna’s pronouncement that those people who imbibe and practice the teaching of karma yoga diligently and without finding flaws in it or raising arguments, will also get liberated through the actions they perform. Those who do not practice the same will suffer from delusion and will not grasp the knowledge and will have loss of the power of discrimination.
Krishna says further that even the wise people, Knowers, work according to their svabhava, according to their nature (Gunas) without identifying with it. All individuals function according to their natural tendencies, prakriti.
Swamiji discusses Sri Krishna’s crucial message that When the indriyas (senses) come in contact with sense objects, it causes Raga-Dvesha (likes and dislikes). Krishna cautions that these are the enemies and one should not come under their sway, not feel undue clinging or hate. The Sadhana is to sublimate the attraction and repulsion every time they arise.
Sri Krishna says firmly that Rajo Guna causes kama (desire) and krodha (anger) and one must take responsibility for it. Swamiji explains that one cannot satiate the fire of desire with more and more objects, it will only fan the fire. A spiritual aspirant must seek to increase the Sattva Guna to counter this.
Shlokas Discussed: 3.31 to 37
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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.