Kumbakrna - Ravana’s younger brother
17 min
Kumbakarna loves to eat and sleep and is not happy to fight in the battle of Lanka.
Bhagavad Gita | The Essence of Vedanta
Bhagavad Gita | The Essence of Vedanta
Vedanta Society, San Francisco
61 - Experiencing Spiritual Unity | Swami Tattwamayananda
The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on November 27, 2020. -6th chapter: verses 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 -28th verse: “Such a Yogi, free from all obstacles, experiences Atyantam Sukham – ultimate, infinite, spiritual bliss.” -Atyantam Sukham is not the temporary absence of unhappiness. It is happiness itself. It is the feeling of permanently being settled in a state of contentment, even in the midst of obstacles and challenges. -Antaraya means obstacles. Patanjali refers to the following obstacles, which cause the mind to wander - Disease, mental laziness, doubt, lack of interest, sloth, clinging to sense pleasures, false perception, lack of concentration, and unsteadiness in concentration. -Spiritual life is about moving against our natural instinct, which is driven by the attraction of senses towards sense objects. In spiritual life, we turn the mind away from the pulls of nature. We turn it towards our true inner chamber, the Atman. In the process, we face obstacles. -This Yogi, who experiences his unity with the transcendental reality in every moment and action, is Yoga-antaraya-varjitah – he has transcended all antarayas (obstacles) in his spiritual life. The Yogi gets the feeling of Atyantam Sukham, because these antarayas cannot distract his mind. -29th verse: “Such a Yogi develops an equanimity of mind, an eye of evenness for all things, because he beholds the presence of Atman in all beings and he beholds the presence of all beings in his own Atman.” -An ideal devotee may ready his holy books and go to the temple - but in his interactions with others, he sees all as children of the same God, whom he worships in his temple and whose instructions he reads in the holy book. Religion goes beyond the four walls of the temple – it reaches the hearts of everyone. -In the Bhagavad Purana, there is a dialog between King Nimi and the Nava Yogis. In answer to the King’s question: “Who is an ideal devotee of God?”, one of the sages gives the following answer: “The one who sees in all beings the presence of God, and who sees the presence of all beings in God.“ The same answer is given in the Gita. -30th verse: “One who sees God in all beings, and all beings in God – that person is never separated from God, and God is never separated from him. He is always in the company of God. “ -As we advance in spiritual life, our interpretation of the Divine Reality also changes. In the early stages, as we experience happiness and unhappiness, we attribute these opposites to God as well. The highest reach of spiritual evolution is when we realize the Divine Reality within our own hearts, and we experience its presence in everyone and everywhere. Then we live in the constant company of God. -31st verse: “That Yogi, that spiritually illumined person, he is always established in this ideal of spiritual unity. He worships my presence everywhere. Whatever his mode of life, that devotee lives in me, and I live in him.” -The favorite dwelling place of God is the pure heart of a devotee. Often, we do not allow him to stay there as we have other guests occupying the space such as: desires, anger, hatred, aversion, fear and doubt. When trying to enter, God withdraws, as he sees other guests occupying the space. If the heart is pure, God enters that residence. -32nd verse: “He who judges pleasure and pain everywhere by the same standard that he applies to himself, that Yogi is regarded as the highest.” -Whatever is desirable to us, we should assume is desirable to others also. We should treat others as we want to be treated by them. A spiritual seeker develops this attitude when he reaches the highest level of spiritual unity. -The entire cosmic existence is one for a spiritual seeker who has reached this highest state. He feels compassion towards all beings and towards nature. To him, religion and spirituality transcend the barriers of culture and nationality.
54 min
Om Swami Podcast
Om Swami Podcast
Spirituality & Life by Om Swami
Can you always be happy - [Hindi]
The question asked in this discourse was how to stay happy all the time? On the question of staying happy all the time, in reality, this is impossible. A person with a stable mind cannot stay happy all the time. When you are not happy, do not feel bad about it. Tell yourself that it is okay. This is one of those moments where I am not happy, No Problem. This is not the first time I am feeling unhappy, and this shall pass as well. Happiness is either in the hope or in those thoughts in which we visualize getting the thing that we want to get and feel happy about that. We basically feel happy only when everything goes according to our wishes. But that happiness is also for a very short time. In fact, the most depressed people I have seen are the ones who are well-off from every aspect of their life. Because they have no reason to have any sorrow. That is why they don't know how to stay happy. if there are no sorrows or adverse situations in life, if there are no challenges in life then life is not worth living. If there are no problems left to solve then life itself becomes a problem. When there is no burden to carry in life, then life becomes a burden. Video Timeline 0:10 Can you always be happy 1:45 The cause of unhappiness 3:29 Life and it's challenges Intro and outro animation: Sushree Svadha Om Piano music: Adi Sharma "Somewhere, we all pack our own lunch. It’s entirely in our hands to either be graceful about things we find disagreeable and look at the brighter side (and yet be industrious to bring change) or keep on complaining. Our happiness is in our hands and a lot of it depends on how and where we direct our time and energy." https://os.me/five-principles-happiness/ BREATHE / SMILE / LET GO ----------------------- SUBSCRIBE to Om Swami channel for a weekly dose of positive and practical thoughts on life, meditation, spirituality, relationships & more! - https://www.youtube.com/user/omswamitv ----------------------- Want to connect & explore more. You can connect with Om Swami on https://os.me. ----------------------- If you enjoy the talks and would like to try courses by Om Swami, please visit: https://os.me/courses/ ----------------------- Need a companion in your self-discovery. You can find Om Swami's books here: https://os.me/books/ -----------------------
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