Swamiji continues to discuss the qualities exhibited by Shaunaka. Swamiji paints a sublime picture of Shaunaka and Angiras Rishi in the hermitage and takes us back to the Upanishadic ages.
Having lived a righteous life, Shaunaka wanted complete fulfilment by knowing the truth. Shaunaka wanted to know that knowledge by knowing which everything would become known.
Swamiji takes examples from Bhagavad Gita and Kathopanishad to illustrate how this same enquiry was made in different backgrounds. He speaks about the shattered Arjuna in the Kurukshetra battlefield, who asked Sri Krishna to tell him about the path of auspiciousness (Shreyas). Swamiji also takes the example of Nachiketa who approached the Lord of Death wanting to know the truth about what remains after the body falls.
Shlokas discussed: (1.1.3 and 1.1.4)
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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.