"Unflinching devotion to the Teacher is paramount in the life of a true seeker. To begin with, an external God can be the object of faith. But once the devotee grows to be a seeker, only a Wise Teacher can fulfil his quest.  It is then for the seeker to get purified and enlightened by the words of wisdom from his Guru.  Their bond and attunement put the Teacher on the pedestal of God.  Such an impeccable Guru-sishya bond alone bestows wisdom, strength and fulfillment to the seeker."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Is living a ‘spiritual life’ in conflict with living a ‘fully passionate life’? I would like to say that spirituality itself is to make our life artful and passionate. Guided by spirituality, human life becomes most artful, harmonious and enriched.

You generally have some methods for beautifying your body. There are even cosmetic surgeries, nowadays. Now, will you please tell me what ornament will decorate and enrich your inner personality? Don’t you want to beautify your mind, intelligence and ego? Spiritual wisdom is the best method to do this.

So, spirituality is not only ‘not in conflict with passionate life’, but is harmonious with passionate life. Guided by spirituality alone, human life will become enriching to the society.

See, Arjuna is the best example. He came to the battlefield with his resolve, having acquired additional skills and weaponry in the form of pasupatastra, etc. When he looked at the opposite camp, suddenly he crumbled. His famous Gandiva bow slipped from his hand. He was unable to hold it. Don’t you think that it is one of the most severe forms of crisis that one could have? That is the time Krishna unfolded the secret treasure of spirituality, as a result of which the crumbling Arjuna became bold and confident to fight the war.

-- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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