Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter III: The Yoga of Action

III.6. KARMENDRIYAANI SAMYAMYA YA AASTE MANASAA SMARAN;
INDRIYAARTHAAN VIMOODHAATMAA MITHYAACHAARAH SA UCHYATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'He who, restraining the organs of action, sits thinking of the
sense-objects in mind, he, of deluded understanding, is called a
hypocrite.'

III.7. YASTWINDRIYAANI MANASAA NIYAMYAARABHATE'RJUNA;
KARMENDRIYAIH KARMAYOGAM ASAKTAH SA VISHISHYATE.
'But whosoever, controlling the senses by the mind, O Arjuna,
engages himself in Karma Yoga with the organs of action, without
attachment, he excels!'

Daily Quote

The cause of death is birth.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 137, for Sunday, December 21, 2014


[from Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"]
III.40. UDANA-JAYAJ JALA-PANKA-KANTAKADISVA ASANGA UTKRANITIS CA
'By mastery of "udana" comes levitation and the ability not to come into
contact with water, mire, thorns etc'.

Commentary:
'Udana' is one of the types of prana, which is concerned with the
pull of gravity. This power is available to the yogis in the last phases
of their earthly lives before merging with the Self. It is not to be
confused with "hopping," the ability to bounce about a foot above ground
during certain powerful pranayama exercises. Some spiritual groups teach
these exercises to beginners, however this is physically and psychically
dangerous and is not recommended because it causes the prana to move too
quickly in the body. Problems can result for those who have not been
practicing asana and more simple pranayama for a number of years.

Weekly Poem

11. MY FRAGRANT GARDEN

I put the seed of divine love in the garden of my heart.
I watered it with tears.
I nourished it with the manure of Japa, Kirtan.
I removed the weeds of lust, greed and anger.
I fenced the garden with dispassion.
My heart is now a fragrant garden
Wherein my Lord Krishna ever dwells !

(a) Japa - Repetition of God's Names.
(b) Kirtan - Singing of God's Names.

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