Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XII: The Yoga of Devotion

XII.12. SHREYO HI JNAANAMABHYAASAAT JNAANAADDHYAANAM VISHISHYATE;
DHYAANAAT KARMAPHALATYAAGAS TYAAGAACCHAANTIR ANANTARAM.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Better indeed is knowledge than practice; than knowledge
meditation is better; than meditation the renunciation of the
fruits of actions; peace immediately follows renunciation.

Daily Quote

Purity is the first requisite for God-realisation. There cultivate purity.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 124, for Tuesday, January 24, 2017


[from Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"]
III.16. PARINAMA-TRAYS-SAMYAMAD ATITANAGATA-JNANAM
'By performing 'samyama' (combined 'dharana', 'dhyana' and 'samadhi') on
the three kinds of changes (form, time and condition) comes knowledge of
the past and future'.

Commentary:
Beginning with this sutra, the remaining aphorisms in the third
chapter deal with the various 'siddhis'. While the word 'siddhi' is
usually taken to mean power, it actually refers to the accomplishments of
an advanced yogi. It is of paramount importance that the student
understand that yogic powers are not, and should not, be considered a
goal in themselves. They are the by-product of the struggle toward God-
Realization. Those who strive for the powers alone are bound to the ego
and eventually suffer because of this lack of purification. There is
often a fascination on the part of the beginning student with yogic
power, but this is replaced in time with the understanding that power
corrupts, and that these inevitable accomplishments are but distractions
and temptations to the sincere yogi.

Weekly Poem

10. SAMATA

I wandered alone in winter without blankets,
I slept on the roadside without food;
This did not disturb me even a bit.
I enjoyed the Parivrajak life,
I was in communion with the Lord,
I understood His mysterious ways and help.
Then again, Maharanis served me during meals,
Maharajas fanned me,
Ministers washed my feet.
I was neither elated nor puffed up,
I was wondering at the works of Maya,
I thought it was all a slight purging of some Prarabdha
That will help and hasten the Videha Mukti.
Samata alone can give peace.
Samata or eqanimity is Yoga.
There be established in Samata.

(a) Samata - Equanimity
(b) Parivrajak - Wandering Yogi
(c) Maharani - Great Queen
(d) Maharajas - Great King
(e) Videha Mukti - Liberation beyond the body

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