The Mind is like an ocean. It became an important point of discussion between the Yaksha and Dharma Putra, Yudhishthira. The whole of material life revolves around two objects which are Mind and the world. What we call the world is the conception of the mind alone. It is in fact the expansion of the mind. What we experience with our senses are the products of this very mind. People interpret each thing differently and that interpretation itself starts expanding into other subject matters. This gradual expansion of subject matters, itself is what we call the world, In Vedic Parlance this is called Samsara.
It is important to understand the highest purpose of life. That is the only reason why we take many bodies. We do not learn our lessons and hence we take body after body. The life of elevated devotees is the most elevated book from where one needs to learn lessons. When we do this sincerely, we save ourselves from committing fundamental mistakes, doing which, our bonds from the material world is cut and we get elevated to the spiritual platform.
Surrendering or Prappati is the highest virtue. Sharanagati or Prappati is the cream layer of Bhakti Yoga, the final stage, the summum bonnum. If one is committed to getting liberated from the unnecessary disturbance of material life and tormented by the suffering of daily life, Sharanagati is the only solution. The Life of Sri Ramanujacharya highlights this dimension of Bhakti.
It is important for us to understand the concern of the Supreme Lord for living entities so that we forget our petty attachments of this mortal world and attach ourselves to the very source of infinite love, care and object of attachment, the Supreme Lord. It is necessary to understand the Scriptures relating to the moods of the Lord and refer to the pastimes of Great Acharyas in order to understand the deepest moods of affection that both the Acharya and the Lord, have for fallen living beings like our own selves.
The stories of great devotees of the Lord invokes Bhakti and pure love for the Supreme Lord. That is the aim of anecdotes related to the great devotees of the Lord. The more we listen or read about devotees both of the Vedic age as well as current age, the more we shall receive the attention of the Supreme Lord.
The exploits of Lord Rama is very interesting. As the Lord travelled with his brother Lakshmana and Sage Vishwamitra, he went by foot from Ayodhya to Mithila. His surrender to his preceptor Vishwamitra and his obedience to him is something that the world lacks today. The current state of the world makes it necessary for sincere living entities to revisit the life and adventures of our great Lord, Sri Rama.
Many scholars and learned men, on the path of spirituality praise the paths of Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These paths are even recommended in the Gita, spoken by the Supreme Lord. But in the same Scripture the Lord establishes the purity and superiority of the simple path of Bhakti which is not as elaborate as the paths of Jnana and Karma. The greatness of Bhakti is its simplicity and its power to enslave the Lord. The Lord says that he is happy to be sold out to the living entity who has surrendered to the feet of the Supreme Being. Bhakti starts with the cultivation of surrendered faith.
The secret of the origins of the universe is mentioned in the Hari Vamsha. Hari Vamsha means that ancestry which comes from the Lord. It is important to understand that the Supreme Lord is the cause of all causes. Therefore we too belong to the direct ancestry of the Lord. In that sense the Hari Vamsha represents the story of our own origin.
The Yaksha Prashnam event in the Mahabharata throws enough light on the granular level duties of man. Abiding by these duties shall slowly elevate man and end his worries. A methodical understanding of the Scriptures is what can solve the problems of man, from its very root. Our mind and intelligence today, is hijacked by western education and western views, which is nothing but a bundle of ignorance. We have to shred this ignorance layer by layer and elevate ourselves to the platform of pure knowledge. The epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata shall prove immensely useful in this regard.
It is important to study the lives of committed devotees, in order to appreciate the great pastimes of the Lord. Listening to the pastimes of the devotees of the Lord, is considered even superior to listening the glories of the Lord. When one faithfully listens to the pastimes of the devotees, the Lord becomes exceedingly satisfied and develops a deep liking towards the listener. Hence it is important to methodically garner knowledge about the great devotees of the Lord.