In this talk, Nutan Swamiji discusses the last of the five verses which list the twenty qualities to be developed by a seeker.
Swamiji explains the term “Adhyatma-Jnana-Nityatvam” in a very elaborate and profound manner. He says that the essence of the Self should be our focus of sadhana. Understanding its characteristics, we must always think and introspect on it and try to apply its dimensions in our daily transactions. This repeated abidance will enforce our Self identity and will relieve us from the miseries of the world. One-pointed attention will help us eradicate the deep-rooted impurities of mind and make our personality refined.
Contemplation on the Self is the only tool to treat our fragmented, restless mind. One must cultivate equanimity and practice of being a witness to all the thoughts and experiences of life. Placidity of mind, contentment, and mastery over oneself are the results of this austerity. Every moment one must be vigilant about the mental responses and watch one’s own spiritual progress.
The seeker must turn the focus of attention inwards, always be given to reflection of the all- pervading Atman, contemplate on its qualities and slowly the mind will be imbued with them.
Swamiji reminds us that the objective of the spiritual pursuit (Realization of the Truth) must be borne in mind by the seeker at all times. The mind should be so purified, unattached and unaffected that the consciousness shines forth.
In explaining the last two qualities , Swamiji elucidates the step by step sadhana procedure for a sadhaka, drawing upon Bhagavad Gita chapters 8 and 17, Kathopanishad and Mundakopanishad.
Shlokas Discussed: 13.12
*Due to some discrepancy in the video, still pictures have been used for a short duration in this talk.
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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.