From the qualities that make one a true disciple, Ma Gurupriya takes us to the other shore of seekerhood – what are the attributes that go against being a sat-shishya. With characteristic firm but loving motherliness, Ma prevails upon us to take a good, long, hard, honest look at our inner selves to identify and eliminate these deleterious traits.
One of the most troublesome defects is a lack of straightforwardness. To be completely transparent with humility and kindness, not hiding any facet of our thoughts behind different masks in different situations, yet mindful of not hurting the other’s feelings, this is a challenge almost all of us face constantly. To be open with each other, going beyond preferences and prejudices, is to act from the position of the impartial, universal Soul. So blessed are we to be guided to that position slowly but surely, by our benevolent Spiritual Masters.
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.31.5, 10.31.9, 1.19.38, 2.1.2
Bhagavad Gita 4.39, 6.28
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 2.2.21
Kathopanishad 1.2.24, 1.3.7
Vivekachudamani 37, 33
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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.