Essential Qualities of a Seeker of Truth
In this talk, Swamiji deals with the six virtues that should adorn a seeker of Truth. Giving various examples of our responses to life situations, Swamiji helps us understand that these virtues can be cultivated through Vichara or introspection. He exhorts all the listeners to look within and assess themselves.
Swamiji deeply analyses each of the virtues which culminate in the mind becoming completely and wholesomely fixed on the Truth.
We are given to understand that when the qualities of Discrimination, Dispassion and the six virtues adorn a seeker, his mind starts having an intense aspiration for liberation. Swamiji says that this aspiration grips the mind and one is keen to discard the constrictions of the mind. You have an intense yearning for liberation from all the shackles of the mind and intelligence.
Swamiji concludes saying that the Zenith or Ultimate of all the virtues is Knowledge alone.
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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.
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Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha