In this concluding session, Swamiji shifts our focus and attention from the outer objective perceptions to the inner Realization.
Swamiji, in his inimitable vibrant manner, says that the perception of the world as real and as different from the Self is the root cause of all our problems. The power of discrimination is the only thing that can shift our focus from the seen to the Seer.
Referring to shlokas from Dŗg-Dŗśya-Viveka and Bhagavad Gita, Swamiji very convincingly establishes the fact that the Witness aspect of our being is Eternal, Infinite, Taintless, Unaffected, Universal and is distinctly separate from all the Witnessed.
Swamiji beautifully sums up saying that liberation is the outcome of knowledge. The shackles of the mind and intelligence are broken by knowledge and you become free.
Verses Discussed: (1.4 to 1.6) Ashtavakra Samhita, Ashtavakra Gita
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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.