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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter III: The Yoga of Action

III.8. NIYATAM KURU KARMA TWAM KARMA JYAAYO HYAKARMANAH;
SHAREERAYAATRAAPI CHA TE NA PRASIDDHYED AKARMANAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'Do thou perform thy bounden duty, for action is superior to
inaction and even the maintenance of the body would not be
possible for thee by inaction.'

III.9. YAJNAARTHAAT KARMANO'NYATRA LOKO'YAM KARMABANDHANAH;
TADARTHAM KARMA KAUNTEYA MUKTASANGAH SAMAACHARA.
'The world is bound by actions other than those performed for the
sake of sacrifice; do thou, therefore, O son of Kunti, perform
action for that sake (for sacrifice) alone, free from attachment!'

COMMENTARY: If anyone does actions for the sake of the Lord, he is
not bound. His heart is purified by performing actions for the
sake of the Lord. Where this spirit of unselfishness does not
govern the action, such actions bind one to worldliness, however
good or glorious they may be.

Daily Quote

Truth is Brahman. Truth is as true today as It was millions of years ago, and as It will be millions of years hence. That is the test of Truth.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 113, for Monday, July 25, 2016


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
II.54. SVA-VISAYASAMPRAYOGE CITTA-SVARUPANUKARA INVENDRIYANAM PRATYAHARAH.
'Pranayama is the imitation of mind by the senses, which comes by
withdrawing the senses from their objects'.

Commentary:
In meditation the mind is withdrawn from external stimulation so that
it can be at peace. 'Pranayama' the fifth limb if Yoga, involves the same
thing with the senses. Whatever objects are agitating to the senses are
simply eliminated from sensory contact. The eyes do not watch a
stimulating film. The ears are given an opportunity to hear music that
raises feelings of discontent. The tongue is given no opportunity to
taste food that is detrimental. In this way the mind is much less likely
to take on thought forms which are detrimental since the sense-organs are
withdrawn from the objects that cause unwanted 'vrittis' to arise. A
good portion of the more difficult aspects of discipline can be dealt
with in this way, and the mind is more easily stilled.

Weekly Poem

39. THAT BRAHMAN AM I

That Brahman who is Satchidananda,
Who is the Indweller and Inner Ruler,
Who is the womb of the Vedas,
Who is the creator of this universe,
Who is the substratum for everything,
Who gives light to the intellect,
Who is hiding himself in all forms,
Who is adored by the Rishis,
Whom the Vedas proclaim,
Whom the Yogis wish to attain in Samadhi,
Who is a terror to Indra and Agni,
Who is sweet to the disciplined Yogi,
That Brahman verily I am:
Sivoham, Sivoham, Sivoham.

a) Brahman - Absolute Infinity, God.
b) Sat-Chit-Ananda - Existence, Knowledge, Bliss Absolute
c) Samadhi - Superconsciousness
d) Indra - Leader of the Gods
e) Agni - Fire God
f) Sivoham - I am Siva

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