Unless one understands the structure of the Vedic scriptures, one shall be very confused about the way in which Sanatana Dharma has been configured. It is important to understand the position of the original works of the Vedic scriptures, so as to appreciate the deep philosophy and mystery of the life process, which is documented in every detail within these works.
We read the Gita a million times.. We swear by the Gita and often proclaim it to be our favourite scripture. We appreciated the Lord and sympathize with Arjuna. However we ourselves, fall short in imbibing the pivotal teachings of the Gita. Central to the theme of Gita is the concept of Exclusive surrender to the Lord. If our study of the Gita has not got us to the conclusion of exclusivity in surrender, reading the Gita is a sheer waste of time.
Understanding the mind, is an important process within the domain of spirituality. The mind functions in the same way for all individuals. The word mind, connotes that which is unreal and illusory. Hence whatever idea that the mind projects as "normal" is in reality, abnormal. This abnormality of the mind, if tackled intelligently with the help of Vedic scriptures and with the guidance of a competent spiritual master can help one take long strides in spirituality. Discussed here are two aspects of life, which the mind contorts and presents to us in an erroneous way. One must therefore, become vigilant against these false projections.
The life of Sri Shankara Deva was exemplary. A deeper look into his life and works shall reveal the Power of Bhakti. His early life was challenging, a life that he had to live, must against his wishes. he fulfilled the duties of an obedient son and then of a principled father. However all through his heart remained soaked in Bhakti. The calling was from Vrindavana, the Land of Leela, Divine Play.