The seven stages of spiritual ascent are not mere theoretical concepts presented in ancient texts. They are experiential planes of spiritual progress described in detail by our great Sages. This point Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha makes crystal clear in this illuminating Satsang.
Having begun the enquiry into what is permanent and auspicious, the seeker understands the perishable nature of sense objects, thus developing vairagya (dispassion) towards them. As vairagya grows desires drop, making the mind more and more pure. Then comes the mento-intellectual refinement leading to stronger abidance in Self. With that one enters the realm of a Jeevanmukta- being liberated while still in the body.
We listen in awe about the path before us, and await with humility for Swamiji's further guidance to take us to the summit of this glorious trail.
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 3.118.9, 3.118.10, 3.118.11, 3.118.12, 3.118.13, 3.118.14,
6.126.59, 6.126.54, 6.126.55,
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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.