Swamiji, in this episode, continues to explain the uniqueness and profundity of the text Srimad Bhagavatam.
Giving examples of the epics, Swamiji explains that epic narrations fulfill the purpose of imparting eternal values which are indispensable for humanity. Through various situations and characters, they highlight the capability of the human mind in overcoming any adverse situation.
Swamiji stresses that importance should be given to the human elements presented in Srimad Bhagavatam. Through wonderful stories, Srimad Bhagavatam discusses God, worship, devotion, human life, eternal values and truths.
Srimad Bhagavatam weaves a narration pertaining to a time period, place and involving people. Through events and interactions, the values are highlighted so that the listener has an emotional involvement and a compulsion to eagerly adopt the values.
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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.