In this episode, Swamiji continues with the beautiful shloka chanted by Dhruva in worship of Mahavishnu, as the supreme purusha activating everything, who is the 'I' within us.
After discussing the story of the young son of Shamika Maharishi and Dhruva in the past few episodes, Swamiji begins the enthralling story of the 7-year-old Prahlada.
Prahlada, the young son of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, is an ardent devotee of the Lord. Hiranyakashipu tries to turn the mind of his son away from the Lord but Prahlada remains steadfast in his devotion.
Chanting a shloka from the text, Swamiji asks all parents to introspect on the story. Should not all parents wish their children to attain the Supreme goal of life? Should they not support the children who have interest in spirituality? All parents should see the ephemerality of the world and impart it to their children, says Swamiji.
Swamiji continues to discuss the gripping and heart-warming story of Prahlada.
Shlokas discussed: (4.9.6) (1.1.2) (5.5.18)
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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.