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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter IX: The Yoga of the Royal Science and Royal Secret

IX.6. YATHAAKAASHASTHITO NITYAM VAAYUH SARVATRAGO MAHAAN;
TATHAA SARVAANI BHOOTAANI MATSTHAANEETYUPADHAARAYA.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
As the mighty wind, moving everywhere, rests always in the ether,
even so, know thou that all beings rest in Me.

IX.7. SARVABHOOTAANI KAUNTEYA PRAKRITIM YAANTI MAAMIKAAM;
KALPAKSHAYE PUNASTAANI KALPAADAU VISRIJAAMYAHAM.
All beings, O Arjuna, enter into My Nature at the end of a Kalpa;
I send them forth again at the beginning of (the next) Kalpa!

Daily Quote

Avoid lip-service, lip-sympathy, and lip-vedanta(three types of hypocrisy).

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 79, for Sunday, November 19, 2017


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
II.18. PRAKASA-KRIYA-STHITI-SILAM BHUTENDRIYAT-MAKAM
BHOGAPAVARGARTHAM DRSYAM.
'The universe, which is experienced through the interaction between the
elements and the perceptions of the sense organs, is composed of sattwa,
rajas, and tamas, and exists solely for the purpose of (man's) experience
and liberation'.

Commentary:
As has been explained, 'Purusha' is absolute and without qualities.
However, man sees not the divine, but 'Prakriti', or nature, and its three
gunas, or qualities. These are sattwa, purity; rajas, activity and tamas,
inertia. Though his senses he perceives and interprets nature and it's
elements. In life he gains experience in the realm of 'Prakriti' until he
finally realizes that the qualities are nothing but hi interpretation of
Reality, and that in Truth, he is one with all. The purpose of life is to
work through this physical plane, using its conditions to clear away
Karma. Through constant purification and balancing of mind, sattwa, rajas
and tamas are brought into equilibrium, and man returns to the Source that
is beyond the manifest world.

Weekly Poem

53. FEEL HIS PRESENCE EVERYWHERE

The Lord is sound in ether or Akasa,
He is touch in air,
He is light in fire,
He is taste in water,
he is smell in earth.
He is intelligence in mind,
He is power in electricity,
He is beauty in women,
He is wisdom in sages,
He is devotion in devotees.
Feel His presence everywhere.

a) Sound(Ears) are produced from the Akasha(space) element in the Throat(Vishuddha) chakra.
b) Touch(Skin) is produced from the Air element in the Heart(Anahata) chakra.
c) Light(Eyes) are produced from the Fire element in the Solar Plexus(Manipura) chakra.
d) Taste(Tongue) is produced from the Water element in the Navel(Swadisthana) chakra.
e) Smell(Nose) is produced from the Earth element in the Root(Muladhara) chakra.


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