Yajna reflection questions
Sowmya Gopal

  1. Shravana — listening and understanding the message of the Lord — leads to Seva — selfless service to the Lord we see in everyone and everything around us. Once we know and understand that we are all One, we start to live the idea of “giving maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time” , because it is all that we know to do.
  2. The three threads represent “thought”, “word” and “deed” tied with the knot that represents Brahman. Showing the responsibility that one has to represent Brahman in thinking, speech and action.
  3. We can never repay our parents, no matter what we do. The only way we can try is to live up to what they have taught us, to pay forward since we can never repay them for life and all the opportunities they have given us.
  4. To invoke joy : attend satsang, Japa, talk to my nieces and nephew who invoke joy due to their sheer innocence. To evoke joy : living in gratitude, having an aha moment when something I heard at a jagna or a satsang falls into place and solidifies the learning into a concrete experience.
  5. Not comparing myself to others.

Attending satsang and doing seva shifts the focus from me to something much greater and the mind is engaged in higher pursuits.

Through my study of vedanta, I have finally begun to realize and accept that there is no “good” or “bad” there just is. Everything is a gift from the Lord, we give meaning to situations and deem it positive or negative. What a liberating thought it is when we recognize that we are exactly where we need to be experiencing precisely what we have to experience -in this cycle of life.

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