In this talk, Swamiji describes a Yogi who has attained Atma Sthiti and also discusses Brahma Sthiti.
Reciting from the 6th chapter, Swamiji states that a Yogi is in the Atma Sthiti when he is established in the Atma-the Self, not through any external force but solely through an inner discipline. When such a Yogi is anchored in the inner presence, his mind is like the non flickering and steady flame of a lamp which radiates light all around. Having transcended all sensory attractions, he remains unmoved and unagitated.
In Brahma Sthiti the Yogi is established in samatva or a state of equipoise, not just in meditation but through all worldly interactions. This is a knowledge experience which gets firmly lodged in his resolute intellect. He experiences a state of inner bliss and inner enlightenment. In this state, the knower of Brahman has actually become Brahman.
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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.