Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter I: The Yoga of Arjuna's Despondancy

I.11. (Duryodhana to Drona describing the Kuru army)
"Therefore do ye all(Kuru warriors), stationed in your respective
positions, in the several divisions of the army, protect Bhishma
(symbolizing the Ego) alone."

I.12. His(Duryodhana's) glorious grandsire(Bhishma), the oldest
of the Kauravas, in order to cheer Duryodhana, now roared like a
lion, and blew his conch shell.

Daily Quote

As soon as you get up from your bed in the early morning, do Japa and meditation. Then practise Asana and Pranayama.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 32, for Thursday, May 5, 2016


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.18. VIRAAMA-PRATYAYAABHYAASA-POORVAH SAMSKAARA-SHESHO'NYAH
'"Asamprajnata samadhi" (seedless state) is reached when all mental
activity ceases and only unmanifested impression remain in the mind.'

Commentary:
'Asmprajnata' or seedless 'samadhi' , is the most clearly
grasped if there is an understanding of the seven 'bhumikas', the stages
of consciousness which lead to Self-Realization.
These are :
A. 'Subhecha' :longing for truth. One realizes his state of ignorance,
and sincerely wishes to acquire spiritual knowledge.
B. 'Vicharana' :right inquiry. One is convinced of the worthlessness of
the world, and searches sincerely and deeply for the
truth.
C. 'Tanumanasa':fading of mind loses its taste for objects of the world
and becomes intensely immersed in knowledge of the Soul.
This corresponds to the latter states of 'savitarka' and
'nirvitarka'.
D. 'Sattwapatti':purity of mind. All mental modifications are reduced to
identification with the Self. This corresponds to
'sananda' and 'sasmita'.
E. 'Asamsakti' :detached state. The meditator is unaffected by anything
in the world, due to his knowledge of the Self.
F. 'Padarthabhanava': knowledge of truth. Karma is almost completed and
External things do not appear to exist.
G. 'Turiya' :the state of liberation. The yogi sees God everywhere.
He does not perform action, for this state is of short
duration while the body and sheaths are completely burned.

Weekly Poem

28. A PEEP INTO THE BEYOND

I had a peep into the Beyond;
This made my life sweet,
The burden of Samsara light.
Time and space vanished.
I swim in the ocean of Consciosness.

Reason has left me.
Intuition is beaming.
The mind has melted.
The senses are dissolved.

I have poise and peace,
Amidst incessant work.
I am not shaken
By severe tribulation.
I live in the Supreme.

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