This five-day discourse series was delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha in Jamshedpur. Through this rare exposition, the listener is able to have a glimpse of our great Upanishadic heritage.
These Shanti mantras, totally ten in number, are chanted before any Upanishadic session. The chanting of the Mantra, understanding the profound meaning of the words, calms the mind and also makes the environment peaceful. It prepares the mind to absorb and assimilate the message of the Upanishads.
Swamiji says, “Although we are apparently praying to certain natural powers, to OM or to Brahman, what we are actually praying for is a transformation of our being and our personality. So, they are self-addressed prayers. Their efficacy depends exclusively on our emotional and wholesome association with the prayer.”
Swamiji begins the discussion of the Shanti Mantra, Om Shanno mitrah sham varunah....., taking our minds to unimaginable depths.
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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.