Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta
As understood by Seekers

Being with myself

YEAR 2020

YUVASATYA DUBAI

SUMMER SPIRITUAL RETREAT

VISIT TO MUMBAI

VISIT TO DUBAI

RETREAT NOV 2019
SREE DAKSHINAMURTY STOTRAM

VISIT TO UK

VISIT TO SOUTH INDIA

RETREAT JULY 2019
SREE GURU PURNIMA

SAADHNA DAY

SREEMAD BHAGAWAD GEETA
& SREE TAPOVAN JAYANTI HOMAM - DECEMBER'18

ACT, ACTION AND AWARD

THE ENIGMATIC AUM

KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE

VISIT TO AURANGABAD

SREE ISHWARA MAHA ABHISHEKAM

TULA BHAAR

SREE GANAPATI ATHARVASHEERSH UPANISHAD

PYRAMID OF LIFE

PRASHNOTTARA SOPAN

SHIVAAPARAADH
KSHAMAAPAN STOTRAM

FEAR

OTHERS

The Seeker

- Malti Kanoria

Although I have hit middle age, my spiritual journey has only just begun. On my quest for ultimate self-realization, I am faced with innumerable hurdles in the very first stage, which I must cross. I have learnt that there is only One Supreme Reality, and that the very same consciousness pervades all beings. The reflecting mediums may be different but the original light is the same – pure and non-dual. However, it is exceedingly difficult to accept that Truth and therefore not feel anger, envy, jealousy, contempt for any other person, leave alone for animals or any other lower form of beings.

Recently I read “Maneesha Panchakam” by Adi Sankaracharya. I found it very informative, concise and helpful. The story is that once Adi Sankaracharya was on his way to the temple after a bath in the Holy Ganges. He saw a chandala, a sweeper, , and said to him “Go away! Move away!” The chandala, who was really Lord Shiva himself, asked Sankara that by saying “go” was he referring to the body or the Atman? Sankaracharya's response was in the form of five verses – four are based on the four Mahavakyas : Pragyanam Brahma (Consciousness is Brahman), , Tat Twam Asi (That Thou Art), Ayam Atma Brahma (The Self in me is the ultimate Reality) and Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman). Consciousness, therefore, at though illumines all experiences and is the witness of all our states. It is the very life spark in all forms. It is present as a sole witness of the entire play of the universe. Each one of us is this very Consciousness and not the perceived world as we see it. Our body, mind, intellect and their experiences in the forms of objects, emotions and thoughts are not of that sentient principle – ‘Brahman'. Thus, to fully comprehend these Mahavakyas, we must do the following: Shravanam – reading the scriptures and listening to the words of the wise men; Mananam – contemplation on what we have read and listened to; Nididhyasanam – live up to the scriptural injunctions and advice. In each verse, Sankaracharya reiterates that the wise person who has ended the ignorance of his true Self, who is illumined by sweeping aside “maya”, is his guru, be he a sweeper or a Brahmin.

Our aim, therefore, should be to constantly dwell on this vedantic teaching till it gets imbibed in us, so that at times of trouble and emotional turbulence we are not disturbed or distressed but remain calm and are able to adopt what we have learnt and it comes into our ‘acharan'.

The writer is a member of Study Circle - New Delhi