In this talk, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha continues his explanation of ‘kshetra and kshetrajna’ as described by Krishna to Arjuna in Chapter 13 of the Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna reveals the characteristics of the Self, by knowing which one attains immortality. It is endless (beyond time and space) and is also beyond existence and non-existence. Everywhere are Its hands, feet, eyes, heads and faces which suggests that It is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Whatever we perceive or know in this world is the Self alone. Krishna says that though Self is devoid of all senses and unattached to everything, it sustains this mysterious creation.
Swamiji explains that though the Self is inside and outside, due to its subtlety it is ungraspable. But through a purified and sharpened intelligence, it can be Realized.
Swamiji highlights the fact that the aim of all spiritual pursuit is to understand and internalise this knowledge. The spiritual pursuit or sadhana lies in turning our focus inward and contemplating on the source, the Self, which is universal in nature and is present in all.
The pursuit lies in imbibing the qualities such as humility, tolerance, non-hurtingness, forgiveness, cleanliness etc which lead to transformation of our personality. By this knowledge, we become the knowledge.
Swamiji assures the listeners that this supreme knowledge will make one spontaneous, effortless and in-tune with nature. It will give us inner strength to perform our actions without getting bound by them. This knowledge will, indeed, remove all ignorance.
Slokas Discussed: 13.13 to 13.16
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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.