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Chapter XVII: The Yoga of the Threefold Division of Faith

XVII.17. SHRADDHAYAA PARAYAA TAPTAM TAPASTATTRIVIDHAM NARAIH;
APHALAAKAANGKSHIBHIRYUKTAIH SAATTWIKAM PARICHAKSHATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
This threefold austerity practised by steadfast men with the
utmost faith, desiring no reward, they call Sattwic.

XVII.18. SATKAARAMAANAPOOJAARTHAM TAPO DAMBHENA CHAIVA YAT;
KRIYATE TADIHA PROKTAM RAAJASAM CHALAMADHRUVAM.

The austerity which is practised with the object of gaining good
reception, honour and worship and with hypocrisy, is here said to
be Rajasic, unstable and transitory.

XVII.19. MOODHAGRAAHENAATMANO YAT PEEDAYAA KRIYATE TAPAH;
PARASYOTSAADANAARTHAM VAA TATTAAMASAMUDAAHRITAM.
The austerity which is practised out of a foolish notion, with
self-torture, or for the purpose of destroying another, is
declared to be Tamasic.

Daily Quote

Virtue is the most precious treasure. Acquire this treasure in abundance.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 15, for Tuesday, March 28, 2017


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.9. SHABDA-JNAANAANUPAATII-VASTU-SHUNYO VIKALPAH
'Verbal delusion is caused by the identification with words that have
no basis in reality.'

Commentary(continued): A great Hindu holy man was once insulted in
front of his disciples by a non-believer who spat upon his face several
times. Not one muscle twitched, nor did his calm facial expression
change, because he did not identify with his physical sheath. His mind
was centered in God. Can you imagine the strength of that mind? Swami
Sivananda prostrated before that man who tried to kill him, and Jesus
forgave those who crucified him. No matter what was done to them, they
responded with one thought, that of pure love. A true master will not
react in anger, for to him insult and praise are the same.
Restraint of thought waves does not mean suppression.
Suppression dams up violent emotions. For various reasons, people
suffer abuse, suppressing anger or pain by smiling and carrying a stiff
upper lip. The restrained thought waves must be given an outlet. They
must be sublimated and channeled into such uplifting activities as
Mantra repetition, exercise, singing and meditation on opposite,
positive thoughts. Exchange love for anger and joy for sorrow.

Weekly Poem

19. SAHAJA SAMADHI

I look at the blue sky,
It reminds me of Lord Krishna;
I look at the blue water of the Ganges,
It reminds me of Radheshyam:
Whatever I see,
It reminds me of my Beloved.
I see His beauty everywhere.
Whatever I do, it becomes His worship;
Wherever I go, I move round Him.
When I lie down,
I lie prostrate at His feet.
Whatever I take is His Prasad;
Whaterver I take is His Prasad.
I enjoy Sahaja Samadhi:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.

(a) Sahaja - Natural
(b) Samadhi - Super Consciousness.
(c) Radheshyam - Radha & Krishna merged as one being.
(d) Prasad - Food offered to God.

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