#Jagadguru #SriSri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji on Three important qualities for a #Spiritual #aspirant:


The first is Astikyam-firm faith in the Vedic tenets. The Kathopanishad states that one devoid of Astikyam would attach more importance to materialistic possessions,would believe not in the existence of other worlds, would remain unaware of साम्परायः – the means to spiritual welfare – and end up remaining in the cycle of Samsara–
न साम्परायः प्रतिभाति बालं प्रमाद्यन्तं वित्तमोहेन मूढम्
अयं लोको नास्ति पर इति मानी पुनः पुनर्वशमापद्यते मे॥

The second quality that is essential for anyone in the spiritual path is Vairagya or dispassion. Someone once asked “I seek Moksha for myself and my family.” – this very statement indicates the absence of Vairagya that is essential for those in the path of liberation.Vairagya and the other three constituents of Sadhana Chatushtaya (Viveka, Shamaadi Shatka & Mumukshutvam – the intense longing for liberation).

The third quality is that we must persevere in our efforts amidst our duties, without losing focus on the objective of Self-knowledge. It is hence imperative to put our human birth to good use.

Sri #Adi #Shankaracharya #Bhagavatpada says that the Shruti instructs us in matters of knowledge, just as a mother would instruct her child for its wholesome good.

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