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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

XVIII.4. NISHCHAYAM SHRINU ME TATRA TYAAGE BHARATASATTAMA;
TYAAGO HI PURUSHAVYAAGHRA TRIVIDHAH SAMPRAKEERTITAH.
Hear from Me the conclusion or the final truth about this
abandonment, O best of the Bharatas; abandonment, verily, O best
of men, has been declared to be of three kinds!

XVIII.5. YAJNADAANATAPAH KARMA NA TYAAJYAM KAARYAMEVA TAT;
YAJNO DAANAM TAPASHCHAIVA PAAVANAANI MANEESHINAAM.
Acts of sacrifice, gift and austerity should not be abandoned, but
should be performed; sacrifice, gift and also austerity are the
purifiers of the wise.

XVIII.6. ETAANYAPI TU KARMAANI SANGAM TYAKTWAA PHALAANI CHA;
KARTAVYAANEETI ME PAARTHA NISHCHITAM MATAMUTTAMAM.
But even these actions should be performed leaving aside
attachment and the desire for rewards, O Arjuna! This is My
certain and best conviction.

COMMENTARY: This is a summary of the doctrine of Karma Yoga
already enunciated before. The defect in Karma is not in the
action itself but in attachment and expectation of a reward.

Daily Quote

Be in the world, but not of the world. Lead a simple life. Lead a regulated life.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 18, for Saturday, August 23, 2014


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.12. ABHYAASA-VAIRAAGYAABHYAAM TAN-NIRODHAH
'Their control (of the chitta vrittis or thought waves) is brought
about by practice and non-attachment.'

Commentary: The different forms of mental modifications which bring
about pain can be controlled in two ways. The first is 'abhayasa',
which is practice or repetition. A change in character occurs only
through formation of new habits. The second way is through non-
attachment, or elimination of emotional reactions to situations and
individuals. Non-attachment does not mean there should not be love
or compassion, but rather that emotional thought waves are ignored.
The 'vrittis' may arise, but they are observed in a disinterested
fashion, then put aside.

Weekly Poem

49. HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART

God is His Heaven.
The Heaven is in your heart.
Search for Him in your heart.
You will find Him there.
Purify your heart first.
Remove the weeds of jealousy and lust;
Withdraw the senses;
Still the mind;
Subdue the bubbling thoughts;
Silence the surging emotions.
You can meet now you Beloved.

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