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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter VI: The Yoga of Meditation

VI.3. AARURUKSHORMUNERYOGAM KARMA KAARANAMUCHYATE;
YOGAAROODHASYA TASYAIVA SHAMAH KAARANAMUCHYATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
For a sage who wishes to attain to Yoga, action is said
to be the means; for the same sage who has attained to Yoga,
inaction (quiescence) is said to be the means.

VI.4. YADAA HI NENDRIYAARTHESHU NA KARMASWANUSHAJJATE;
SARVASANKALPASANNYAASEE YOGAAROODHAS TADOCHYATE.
When a man is not attached to the sense-objects or to
actions, having renounced all thoughts, then he is said
to have attained to Yoga.

Daily Quote

For a man of contentment, sovereignty of the whole world is no better than a bit of rotten straw. He is indeed miserable and poor, who is discontented.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 25, for Tuesday, September 26, 2017


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.17. VITARKA-VICHAARAANANDAASMITAANUGAMAAT SAMPRJNAATAH
'"Samprajnata samadhi" (samadhi with consciousness) is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'

Commentary(continued):
In their search to find out about matter, scientists employ
this method. They concentrate on an element and experiment to discover
its nature. Thus they have learned how to split the atom and utilize
its energy for constructive or destructive purposes; Modern man can now
push a button and explode a hydrogen bomb.
Knowledge of something not only gives control over it, but
over those who have no knowledge of it. One buys a certain brand of
toothpaste in preference to another out of ignorance; the advertisers
know human weakness. They claim that one brand has more sex appeal then
other, thus play on the weaknesses of the mind. Everybody manipulates
power in this way. Politicians concentrate their energies on outwitting
each other and the public. They come up with such mantras as "Law and
Order" and "Peace and Honor" , and bombard the public with their energy
in order to control the mass mind. Even some yogis and swamis use such
simple, silly tricks and devices as tiger skins, turbans and beards to
capture one's imagination and hence the mind, If the mind can be tricked,
it can be controlled.

Weekly Poem

45. WHO IS GOD? WHAT IS GOD?

Who is God? What is God?
Is there a God? Where is God?
How to realise God?
Man wants an answer to these eternal questions,
Certainly there is God.
God exists; He is the only Reality.
God is your Creator, Saviour and Redeemer.
He is all-pervading, He dwells in your heart,
He is always near you.
He is nearer to you than your jugular vein or nose.
he loves you; He can talk to you.
You cannot find God by the intellect,
But by feeling, meditation, experience and realisation.

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