Daily Quotes and Sutras
Friday, March 7, 2014
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter VII: The Yoga of the Division of Wisdom
VII.6. ETADYONEENI BHOOTAANI SARVAANEETYUPADHAARAYA;
AHAM KRITSNASYA JAGATAH PRABHAVAH PRALAYASTATHAA.
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Know that these two (My higher and lower Natures) are the womb of
all beings. So, I am the source and dissolution of the whole
VII.7. MATTAH PARATARAM NAANYAT KINCHIDASTI DHANANJAYA;
MAYI SARVAMIDAM PROTAM SOOTRE MANIGANAA IVA.
There is nothing whatsoever higher than Me, O Arjuna! All this is
strung on Me as clusters of gems on a string.
COMMENTARY: There is no other cause of the universe but Me. I
alone am the cause of the universe.
Daily QuoteYou need not try to become the Self or the Atman. You are already the Self. You should already know that.
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 21, for Friday, March 7, 2014
[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
VASHIIKAAR SAMJNA VAIRAAGYAM
'Vairagya, or non-attachment, is that state of consciousness in which
the cravings for objects both seen and unseen are controlled through
mastery of the will.'
Commentary: Non-attachment is a state of mind. It is indifference to
objects of the world. It involves being unaffected by the pull of
likes and dislikes. Whenever the mind acquires a taste of a particular
sensation of pleasure, it becomes attached to it. The mind recalls the
experience and desires repetition of it. It is this craving that
creates pain. The state of 'vairagya' does not necessarily mean the
cessation of life in society; it involves separating oneself from the
binding emotions of that life.
Renunciation is a great aid to the attainment of 'vairagya'.
By giving up objects of the senses, the mind is quickly stilled. But
it is best to remember that non-attachment is not synonymous with not
having. One can own nothing and yet be full of desires. If a person
is fond of cherry ice cream, binding his hands and taping his mouth
will not keep his mind from dwelling on this treat.
The basis of 'vairagya' is the internal realization of the
worthlessness of the external world. Objects and desires then
automatically fall away. But renunciation does not mean running away
from society, duties, and responsibilities, as is sometimes assumed.
It means carrying on with one's duties in a dispassionate, unattached
Weekly Poem25. THE DAWN OF A NEW LIFE
All my sorrow is over,
My heart is now brimming up with joy;
Peace has now entered my soul.
All doubts, fears and delusion have vanished.
I was suddenly lifted out of myself.
There was dawn of a new life.
I experienced the inner world of Reality.
The Unseen filled my soul and heart.
I entered the vast, luminous Silence.
I was bathed in a flood of effulgence ineffable.
I came on the hidden spring of all life.
I am the Light that illumines the entire universe.