The Shastras keep reminding us that we are immortal. Very often we consider the changeful body and mind as 'I', forgetting our real identity. Anything changeful cannot be the real. So how do we know this real 'I' or Atma? Swamiji explains that Atma is the revealer of everything - the subject. Due to our long standing habit of objectivising everything, we try to know Atma too as something different from us. It is only when we stop looking for Atma as something different - that Atma will reveal itself.
Swamiji elaborates that the life forces, the senses and the mind are doing all their work by taking refuge in Atma. They are performing their functions as a Yajna - worshiping the Atma. It is our sense of doership and desire which distorts this fundamental tune, making us constricted. With desirelessness all our actions become harmonious with the divine will!
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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.
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.