In this episode, Swamiji continues to explain the benefits of listening to the exposition of Bhagavatam.
Srimad Bhagavatam is a treatise that bestows Knowledge and Dispassion. When we realize that everything in the world, including our body, is perishable, we develop dispassion. By constant exposure to the text, one develops fondness for the Lord. There is an inner enrichment, inner abundance and contentment.
Swamiji starts the discussion of the first shloka which speaks about the Supreme Truth which governs the individual life as well as the universal life. This Consciousness is the substratum of everything. The body, mind and intelligence are changeful but there is one Presence in us which is changeless. Swamiji exhorts us to contemplate on this Supreme Truth.
Shlokas Discussed: (12.13 18) (1.1.1)
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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.