Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.52. When thy intellect crosses beyond the mire of delusion,
then thou shalt attain to indifference as to what has been heard
and what has yet to be heard.
COMMENTARY: The mire of delusion is the identification of the Self
with the not-Self. The sense of discrimination between the Self
and the not-Self is confounded by the mire of delusion and the
mind runs towards the sensual objects and the body is taken as the
pure Self. When you attain purity of mind, you will attain to
indifference regarding things heard and things yet to be heard.
They will appear to you to be of no use. You will not care a bit
for them. You will entertain disgust for them.

Daily Quote

Worldly life is Apurna(incomplete) finite, imperfect, limited. It is full of weaknesses, pains, sorrows, diseases.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 113, for Thursday, November 27, 2014


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
II.54. SVA-VISAYASAMPRAYOGE CITTA-SVARUPANUKARA INVENDRIYANAM PRATYAHARAH.
'Pranayama is the imitation of mind by the senses, which comes by
withdrawing the senses from their objects'.

Commentary:
In meditation the mind is withdrawn from external stimulation so that
it can be at peace. 'Pranayama' the fifth limb if Yoga, involves the same
thing with the senses. Whatever objects are agitating to the senses are
simply eliminated from sensory contact. The eyes do not watch a
stimulating film. The ears are given an opportunity to hear music that
raises feelings of discontent. The tongue is given no opportunity to
taste food that is detrimental. In this way the mind is much less likely
to take on thought forms which are detrimental since the sense-organs are
withdrawn from the objects that cause unwanted 'vrittis' to arise. A
good portion of the more difficult aspects of discipline can be dealt
with in this way, and the mind is more easily stilled.

Weekly Poem

8. MY CREED

God is my creed.
osmic love is my creed.
Selfless service is my creed.
Brotherhood is my creed.
Sacrifice is my creed.
Renunciation is my creed.
Fellowship is my creed.
Unity is my creed.
Equal vision is my creed.
Equanimity is my creed.
Worship of Truth is my creed.

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