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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XIV: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Qualities of Nature

XIV.23. UDAASEENAVADAASEENO GUNAIRYO NA VICHAALYATE;
GUNAA VARTANTA ITYEVA YO'VATISHTHATI NENGATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
He who, seated like one unconcerned, is not moved by the
qualities, and who, knowing that the qualities are active, is
self-centred and moves not,

XIV.24. SAMADUHKHASUKHAH SWASTHAH SAMALOSHTAASHMAKAANCHANAH;
TULYAPRIYAAPRIYO DHEERAS TULYANINDAATMA SAMSTUTIH.
Alike in pleasure and pain, who dwells in the Self, to whom a clod
of earth, stone and gold are alike, to whom the dear and the
unfriendly are alike, firm, the same in censure and praise,

XIV.25. MAANAAPAMAANAYOSTULYAS TULYO MITRAARIPAKSHAYOH;
SARVAARAMBHAPARITYAAGEE GUNAATEETAH SA UCHYATE.
The same in honour and dishonour, the same to friend and foe,
abandoning all undertakings-he is said to have crossed the
qualities.

Daily Quote

Character is like catching a contagious disease. Acquire it by Satsanga or the company of good people. This is the best way.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 157, for Sunday, February 26, 2017


[from Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"]
IV.12. ATITANAGATAM SVARUPATO 'STY ADHVA-BHEDAD DHARMANAM
'The past and future exist in their own rights; the difference in
properties are due to the various paths.'

Commentary:
The world exists apart from man. But it is the various paths of the
individual that create what appears to be the different properties and
characteristics of the world, separating 'Prakriti'(nature) from 'Purusha'
(Soul).

IV.13. TE VYAKTA-SUKSMAH GUNATMANAH
'They, whether manifest of unmanifest, exist in the three gunas.'

Commentary:
The properties or characteristics of the world, as man sees them,
are actually manifestations of the qualities of 'Prakriti'(nature)-
'sattwa'(purity), 'rajas'(passion) and 'tamas'(lethargy).

Weekly Poem

15. MY AUSPICIOUS DAY

I celebrated this auspicious day
with great eclat and pomp,
With illumination and joyful songs.
My wish has been fulfilled,
I have met my Beloved;
How shall I find words
For the Beauty of my Beloved !
He is brilliant like millions of suns,
he has entrhorned in my heard,
The lamp of love burns lustrously.
I bathed Him with the water of love;
I adorned Him with the flowers of Prem;
I gave Hime butter and sugar-candy.
I have drunk the cup of love,
Which is filled to the brim;
It is the cup of perfect joy:
My rapture wells forth.
The mercy of my Lord has come upon me:
How blessed am I
Who have seen my Beloved !
So says Sivananda.

(a) Prem - Divine Love.

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