In this episode, Swamiji continues to discuss the resolve of Pareekshit who had abandoned his throne and sat on the banks of Ganges. His only desire was to continuously hear about the exploits of the Lord and his excellences.
Swamiji lovingly discusses the arrival of the 16-year-old Sukamuni, a Paramahamsa and the ascetic son of Vyasadeva. Describing him Swamiji says, the humanhood in Sukadeva had dissolved and spiritualhood and divinity alone shone in him. It was evident to everyone that he was flooded by his inner spiritual splendour. Heartily and respectfully welcomed by the assembly, he took a seat and began the narration of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Swamiji says that Srimad Bhagavatam is a mighty weapon which conquers death. The text describes the splendour of the Soul and makes us actualize it. It propounds dispassion and devotion, which enables the loyal listener to transform himself and be in touch with the very source of creation.
Swamiji then chants a beautiful, poetic shloka that tells us that a man who is dispassionate and is linked to God lacks nothing. Swamiji proceeds to discuss the qualities that would adorn the exponent of Srimad Bhagavatam. His heart is full with inner affluence. He is carrying God in his heart and by this very fact, he is the greatest man in the world.
Shloka Discussed: (2.2.5)
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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.