Yajna reflection questions
Sowmya Gopal

  1. After sravanam, you get the Knowledge in theory. When you internalize this theory (about Right knowledge), it transforms in to practice and living it. We help and serve all with a seva bhava.
  2. The three threads in the upanayanam thread indicate thoughts, words and actions and the knot (Brahma granthi) indicates that these three are dedicated to Brahman, the highest.
  3. We can appreciate parents by giving them respect and following their words of wisdom. Parents nurture and develop us and we should show gratitude and acknowledge their role in our lives. The best thing we can do to show our gratitude is practice the culture, tradition and values that are handed down to us and pass them on to the next generation.
  4. Practicing contemplation, reflection and sitting in Silence gives me joy. Being in satsanga, listening to spiritual talks on youtube, reading inspiring books invokes joy. Reading stories about great saints, stories from puranas with the spiritual understanding gives me joy. I am not sure if I directly evoke joy in others — but I guess, being calm, collected, content within, and centered makes me less of a confrontational, argumentative person.
  5. Three ways to sublimate jealousy — a) Practice contentment b) Practice prasada budhi (all I have is gift from God) c) Practice the opposite of deservership.
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