(Continued from previous issue)
Tasyáh sádhanáni gáyantyácáryáh (34)
The spiritual masters sing the various sádhanás of Bhakti.
Tattu viúayanyágátsañghatyágácca (35)
That is by giving up of the egoistic desires towards sense objects and attachments.
By constant adoration.
To give up the egoistic clutches is not an easy task. The way by which one can give up the egoistic desires is the constant adoration of pure Self or Divine. "Whenever mind goes out to the worldly matters, it has to be brought back and sublimated in the Self."
"Slowly one has to get rid of thoughts, by the power of Buddhi that has the power to get mastery over the senses. By establishing the mind in the pure Self, one should not get involved in thoughts."
Thoughts are of different kinds. There is no end for thoughts, unless the desires towards thoughts are not controlled. A sádhaka has to control his desires, because he wants to transcend dualities. If he goes more and more with desires, he cannot even imagine the liberation.
The constant adoration of Self is very much needed; a sádhaka should be very much careful when he is involving in the acts that go against Self adoration. Even the great sádhakas have fallen from Self adoration sometimes. Therefore, a Sádhaka has to keep his mind under a check always. A sádhaka should always take care that he has to keep the mind always in that state where it is well established in Self-joy.
Lokepi bhagavadgana sravanakèrtanát (37)
By hearing and singing the transcendental qualities of the Lord, even in the worldly life.
One may ask "can a person be in that blissful awareness even while he is in the worldly life? Is there any simpler way by which one can maintain Bhakti even in the day-to-day life with all duties?" Yes, it is verily possible.
To maintain this Bhakti even in the worldly life, various prayers, worships, rituals and discourses one prescribed in scriptures.
- One can involve oneself sincerely in the learning of scriptures.
- Going to temples and worshiping with total involvement.
- To do the service of the Lord.
- To consider the day-to-day duties themselves as the service of the Lord.
- To chant the names of Lord.
- To be in the rememberance of the divinely qualities of the Lord.
- To be sincere in the day-to-day duties.
- To see the beings as the habitations of Lord.
- To hear the divinely qualities of the Lord again and again.
- To sing the qualities and glories of the Lord.
- To feel the whole life as the compassion and grace of the Lord.
(to be continued in the next issue)