Know Your Own Self
In the Rukmini Kalyanam, it is the union of Purusha with Prakrithi itself. Rukmini is the Jeeva (individual self) and Krishna is the Paramaathma. She was suffeing with the rules and restrictions imposed by Prakrithi (objective world); Ahamkaara (egoism) is her brother; Worldliness is her father. She was able to rest her mind on God and was able to plan a method reaching God. She was liberated from the bonds by the God even though the parents and brother objected. The Rukmini (soul) yearned for Krishna (Paraamathma) and they met in the realm of the spirit. You shall not remain in prison on the pretext that a dear comrade is still in! An individual is born to work out his destiny but not to act a role in someone else's drama.
Everyone spend their lifetime in knowing about others but nobody struggles to know about himself i.e., "I". Your "self" is subtler than water or air or even aakaasha (space). It goes into the eye, hand and feet to make you see, hold and walk. The 'I' must operate to make the inert senses to function. Curb the senses like a bull is curbed by the nose-ring as they instill the delusion that you are the upaadhi (body). The Ghata-aakaasha (space in the pot) is identical with the Mahaa-aakaasha (vask sky space) but separated by upaadhi (disguise) i.e., ghata.
Take the life in this world as a compulsory duty imposed on you. Think that you are in the jail under a sentence for crimes committed in previous birth. You should behave well, cause no trouble and do your assigned work to the best of your ability without any expectation of reward which will result in released sooner. This attitude will give you practice in nishkaamakarma (selfless action) which is useful for curbing the senses.
Inquire calmly into your own personality --- "Am I the body, the senses, the mind or the budhi". Teach yourself, improve yourself, reconstruct yourself and then proceed to solve the problems of others. Take the Jnaanakhadga and the Subodhakhadga (the sword of spiritual knowledge and spiritual instruction) that will destroy the forces of Ajnaana and be happy.
Samaapthi (conclusion) marks the end of rituals. "Sama" means "Brahmam" and "Aapthi" means praapthi, attainment or reaching. You can put an end to all the Swaadhyaaya Jnaana Yagnas (ritual sacrifices for Self enlightenment) like Shravana, manana and nidhidhyaasana i.e., listening, contemplation and deep meditation when Brahmam is attained. You will attain Brahmam when you determine to discover, decide to learn and dive deep. Man can liberate himself from the chain of karma not by giving up activity but by accepting the karma and performing it without any attachment that causes joy or grief. This can be done by plucking out "I" and "mine".
You must live in the constant thought of God and Death. Remember that time running out every moment and do not waste time in idle talk or vain pursuits or wanton mischief or vulgar entertainment.
Omsai Srisai Jaijaisai