912 – How attentive are we when we listen to a story?

Give it a thought. There are stories and stories. Some make us laugh, some make us sad, and some make us angry. Do we ever think about what some of the stories are telling us. Remember I wrote about Sphota, a revelation, which happens to the hearer. This word hearer is a strange word, we are accustomed to listener.

But there is a difference in the words. Hearer is defined as the process of perceiving sound, specifically the sounds which are received as stimuli. Listening means to pay attention to sound. Sphota happens when we hear and then we understand.

Dusari rati mama katha prasanga.

This is the second sadhana of Navadha bhakti. It means listening to the spiritual stories from the Holy Books. They are not just mere stories; they have a moral at the end. This moral is our guiding light, it enables us to understand and differentiate between right and wrong.

We also learn about patience, charity, kindness and self-restraint. The purpose of these stories is not to make us laugh and be merry. It is to help us to become better human beings. When one can internalize one’s feelings, emotions and conduct then one is practicing the second sadhana of bhakti.

Dear Ones, be attentive, when you listen in Satsang and Kirtan. It is a wonderful way to connect with the Divinity.

Aim Hrim Klim

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