This video is a talk given by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha at the ‘Prakash Mehrotra Memorial Lecture’ in New Delhi.
In this exposition, Poojya Swamiji explains the indelible link between spirituality and decision making. Spirituality is the science of refinement of the mind, intelligence, and ego. As decision making itself is a product of these mental processes, there is no doubt that the practice of spirituality underlies enlightened and proper decisions.
Poor decisions often arise from psychological constrictions in our mind such as selfishness and polarization of likes/ dislikes. Such constrictions often subdue impartial intelligence leading to biased and flawed decisions. Spirituality enables us to sublimate such constrictions of the mind and give free reign to the intelligence.
The two epics: Ramayana & Mahabharata offer several examples of enlightened decision making. The lives of Rama, Krishna, Vyasa, and Bheeshma offer shining examples of unclouded decision making. They sacrificed personal and familial considerations and adopted a universal dimension.
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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.