Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.20. It is not born, nor does It ever die; after having been, It
again ceases not to be; unborn, eternal, changeless and ancient,
It is not killed when the body is killed.
COMMENTARY: This Self (Atman) is destitute of the six types of
transformation or Bhava-Vikaras such as birth, existence, growth,
transformation, decline and death. As It is indivsible (Akhanda),
It does not diminish in size. It neither grows nor does It
decline. It is ever the same. Birth and death are for the
physical body only. Birth and death cannot touch the immortal, all-
pervading Self.

Daily Quote

Come! Learn the lessons in Yoga-practice. Meditate. Tear the veil. Go. Dwell in peace.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 35, for Friday, May 29, 2015


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.18. VIRAAMA-PRATYAYAABHYAASA-POORVAH SAMSKAARA-SHESHO'NYAH
'"Asamprajnata samadhi" (seedless state) is reached when all mental
activity ceases and only unmanifested impression remain in the mind.'

Commentary(continued):
When the mind is empty and the thought waves and impressions are
completely gone, it is the seedless 'asamprajnata' state. No seeds are
left to manifest in the form of desires or tendencies.
Tendencies have the power to create. Who made one person male and
female? One's own thought impressions are responsible. The soul is
neither male or female. When the mind begins acting and wants to behave
like a woman, it creates a suitable body for those tendencies. As long as
there are thought impressions and tendencies, there will be more
reincarnation. The tendency of ego itself must be broken down, for it,
too, is illusion. 'Maya' projects qualities onto the individual, and he
thinks that he is tall, fat, man, woman, talented or dull. When all such
ideas, good as well as evil, have been overcome, the soul stands alone.
'Asamprajnata samadhi' is that state of merging with the Absolute,
which is beyond knowledge. Any object experience is knowledge. If one
sees Krishna, it is objective knowledge. However, if one knows that he is
Krishna, that is beyond knowledge. Then there is no more seed, and nothing
can touch him.

Weekly Poem

34. HALLELUJAH

The strife is over now,
The battle is over.
I have gained the victory,
I have slain the mind.
Death ran away with mortal wounds,
My joy is boundless.
I rest in the Infinite now.
Hallelujah, hallelujah !

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