Importance of Listening

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Importance of Listening

In an interaction like what transpired  in Kurukshetra between Arjuna, the seeker and Krishna, the Knower, the knowledge process alone can work and that is what Krishna instills all along. Krishna adds that even listening to the Scriptural texts would be a full pursuit by itself:

Anye tvevamajaanantah shrutvaanyebhya upaasate |
Tepi chaatitarantyeva mrutyum shrutiparaayanaah ||

There are yet others who, not having enough knowledge take to their saadhana after listening to others’ exposition. Such seekers, given assiduously to listening, too transcend mortality.

It may appear to be a unique addition. But on reflection, you will find that listening has a very important role in spiritual life. In fact the entire Vedanta rests upon úravaṇa, manana and nidhidhyâsana. The first in these is attentive hearing or listening.

The seeker has to go to the Knower and get exposed to the Truth attentively. Only when he does this first part, which needs the presence of a Wise Teacher, the other two, manana and nidhidhyâsana, can follow. Even reflection and meditation thus succeed hearing alone.

Hearing is so inspiring, enlightening and forceful that it has come to be a great culture in this land. Discourses on Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sreemad Bhaagvatam and similar Texts have played an important role in the religious as well as spiritual life of our people for ages.

Krishna says, even that kind of listening is good, effective and fulfilling. Such devout listeners will in due time, by their intimacy and intensity, be able to transcend the world. After years of listening, they become oriented towards saadhana and that bestows purity and sublimation. – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[This is an extract from Poojya Swamiji’s ‘Essential Concepts in Bhagavadgeeta’ article published in the July 2004 issue of Vicharasetu]

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