Contentment and Forbearance – Br. Shankara

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Contentment and ForbearanceAugust is a month for study of Jnana Yoga (Advaita Vedanta). Jnana Yoga is an approach to self-realization through discrimination and reason. The goal is freedom. All our miseries in life are caused by seeing inaccurately; the jnana yogi may finally break through this delusion and see only the Divine Presence everywhere and in everyone.

Sri Sarada Devi (Holy Mother) said, “There is no wealth equal to contentment, and no virtue equal to forbearance.” These attributes, along with humility, are known to be the hallmarks of an earnest aspirant on the jnana path.

In this talk, Br. Shankara defines these attributes, and explore what Adi Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Swami Vivekananda said about why they are a foundation for progress in spiritual life.