This discourse was delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha ji at a program hosted by ‘Self Enquiry Life Fellowship’, in Santa Barbara.
Swamiji begins this sublime talk by chanting beautiful invocations from Shvetashvatara Upanishad which speak about the imperishable Soul. Explaining the verses, Swamiji says that we don’t have to seek this Soul anywhere outside but only have to look within to discover it.
In this talk, Swamiji discusses the pursuit necessary to attain Brahman or Atma. The focus has to be on acquiring essential qualities which will lead a seeker to his goal.
Swamiji explains that to realise the Atman the Sadhaka needs a personality transformation, so that the constricted mind can experience expansion and liberation from enslavement to the world.
Swamiji takes up the discussion of the four-fold qualities that are important for a seeker of Truth--Viveka (Discrimination between the real and unreal), Vairagya (impersonality), the six-fold disciplines or wealth of Sama (Internal calm), Dama (sensory discipline), Titiksha (forbearance or unaffectedness), Uparati (withdrawl of the mind from the world), Sraddha (giving supreme value to the knowledge), Samadhana (Mind remaining constantly fixed on the Ultimate goal).
In conclusion, Swamiji says that the purification of the mind and the inward movement of the mind will cause an intense yearning to know the Truth (Mumuksha) and ultimately to Realization of the Truth.
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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.
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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.
Bhagavadgeeta – Sattva-Rajas-Tamas & Their Transcendence Ch.14 - Day 2
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha