Swamiji begins this discourse with the discussion of Purusha and Prakriti. Referring to shlokas from various chapters, Swamiji highlights the fact that the creation or Srishti is the conjunction of Purusha and Prakriti.
The world including our body, mind and ego is part of Prakriti. It is the power of fragmentation, it sustains the cause & effect chain and undergoes ceaseless modifications. But it is the Purusha that reveals it àll. But for Purusha’s presence, no experience of any kind is possible. The Purusha, dwelling in the body, witnesses, permits, supports and experiences everything.
Quoting from the 15th chapter, Swamiji describes the kshara Purusha (which is personalized, and perishable), Akshara Purusha (the unchanging , imperishable witness within - which gets affected because of the association with the body-mind complex) and the Supreme Purusha or the Purushottama as the one which transcends all differences and dualities.
Quoting from Yoga Vasishtha, Swamiji highlights the role of Vichara in overcoming bondage and suffering. It is through the process of discrimination and continuous contemplation that our mind and intelligence undergo a change and become sharp and purified to grasp the eternal truth.
Nutan Swamiji calls upon the seekers, encouraging and inspiring them, to look within, do Vichara. In this body-mind frame resides Maheshwara who is the supreme refuge, support and the controller of the Universe but we fail to recognise this presence, says Swamiji. One who discovers this truth will simply sail through the worldly ocean without getting bound by it.
Shlokas Discussed: 21 to 26
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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.