Listen and learn from these words of wisdom that were informally shared by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda during an up close and intimate gathering with devotees at a Home Fellowship. Due to the nature of this less formal ambience, His Holiness mixed chosen words from three additional languages while translating and retaining the flow in English.
As the title of the discourse indicates, His Holiness presents a spiritual and philosophical viewpoint on intellectual purity and how that is a saving grace for a seeker on the path. He focuses on the meaning of aviśuddha-buddhi or the signs and consequences of an unpurified intellect, and he uses this word in its plural form aviśuddha-buddhayaḥ to highlight the collective fallibility of many seekers.
His Holiness emphasizes that the absence of subtle feelings of devotion robs the seeker from developing the ultimate purity of the intellect. These devotional feelings that override other emotional states are to be directed toward God. Herein the word God is deemed as an imperfect translation of the Sanskrit terms, Ishwara or Brahman, which has more precise definition in the light of spiritual philosophy.
His Holiness outlines two important markers for attaining the purified intellect. They are devotion to God with a clear understanding of who is God in this respect, and actions that are sublimated to God with the spirit of service thus becoming a meaningful offering to God. An unpurified intellect, let alone an impure intellect, is unable to fully grasp and realize the essence of creation and meaning of life or afterlife.
This audio was recorded live at a Home Fellowship in Middlesbrough, England on 3rd April 2017.