As we make the glorious ascent towards the pinnacle of spiritual heights, Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha simultaneously unravels the great mystery of sleep.
The first four rungs of the spiritual ladder require effortful practice. From the fifth onwards, it is an effortless living of the practice. Dispassion becomes a natural state of being, and the entire objective world is understood to be nothing but mental imprints. All objects are devoid of allurement and no longer contemplated upon. Finally, the Subject-object difference melts away. The Knower is unshakably seated in the Source of all creation, the “I” who is the sleeper subsequently bringing forth the dream and wakeful worlds.
Such a divine level of existence may seem a far-off ideal, but when we see it manifesting so brilliantly in our illumined Masters, we know it can be a reality.
Yogavasistha Ramayanam 3.118.13 - 3.118.19, 3.118.30
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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.