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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.16. The unreal hath no being; there is no non-being of the
real; the truth about both has been seen by the knowers of Truth(
or the seers of the Essence).
COMMENTARY: The changeless, homogenous Atman or the Self always
exists. It is the only solid Reality. This phenomenal world of
names and forms is ever changing. Hence it is unreal. The sage
or Jivanmukta (liberated Soul) is fully aware that the Self always
exists and that this world is like a mirage. Through his
'Jnanachakshus' or eye of intuition, he directly cognises the
Self. This world vanishes for him like the snake in the rope,
after it has been seen that only the rope exists (classical
example of Vedanta, where a rope is mistaken for a snake in the
darkness). He rejects the names and forms and takes the
underlying Essence in all the names and forms, viz., 'Asti-Bhati-
Priya' or Satchidananda or Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute.
Hence he is a 'Tattvadarshi' or a knower of the Truth or Essence.
What is changing must be unreal. What is constant or
permanent must be real.

Daily Quote

O Seeker! You cannot realise the Absolute or the infinite until you have overcome the body-idea.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 58, for Tuesday, May 31, 2016


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.47. NIRVICARA-VAISARADYE 'DHYATMA-PRASADAH'
'On attaining the utmost purity in samadhi without inquiry, illumination
dawns'.

Commentary:
Only when the meditator achieves the
state of 'samadhi' in which there is no longer the process
of inquiry, and has purified himself, does Realization dawn.
The states of 'Samadhi' through which he passes before that
final goal are very rewarding and blissful, and many powers
manifest in those states. But the seeker must see even these
rewarding experiences as obstacles for they too, though the
most rewarding, must be transcended in order to merge with
the Self.

Weekly Poem

31. REALISE IT YOURSELF

How can I describe that exalted state?
It cannot be written on paper,
It cannot be told in words,
There is no language
To describe that state.
Language is imperfect.
Can you explain colour
To a blind man?
It is like that state
Of a dumb person
Who tastes a sweet thing.
How can it be explained?
You will have to realise it yourself:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.

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