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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter IX: The Yoga of the Royal Science and Royal Secret

IX.26. PATRAM PUSHPAM PHALAM TOYAM YO ME BHAKTYAA PRAYACCHATI;
TADAHAM BHAKTYUPAHRITAMASHNAAMI PRAYATAATMANAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Whoever offers Me with devotion and a pure mind (heart), a leaf, a
flower, a fruit or a little water-I accept (this offering).

IX.27. YATKAROSHI YADASHNAASI YAJJUHOSHI DADAASI YAT;
YATTAPASYASI KAUNTEYA TATKURUSHVA MADARPANAM.
Whatever thou doest, whatever thou eatest, whatever thou offerest
in sacrifice, whatever thou givest, whatever thou practiseth as
austerity, O Arjuna, do it as an offering unto Me!

Daily Quote

The Atman neiter dies, nor is born, nor has it any modification.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 62, for Thursday, April 17, 2014


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
[Introduction to Second Chapter]
Patanjali's second chapter sets forth the practice of Yoga,
or 'sadhana'. It discusses Kriya Yoga, Which is purification through
discipline, study, and self-surrender. It enumerates the five main
afflictions, or causes for human suffering, and the methods for
eliminating them. Finally, it discusses the first five limbs of Raja
Yoga-'yama', 'niyama', 'asana', 'pranayama', and 'pratyahara'-
the foundations for the meditation.

II.1. TAPAH-SVADHYAYESVARA-PRANIDHANANI KRIYA-YOGAH.
'Austerity, self-study, and surrender to God constitute Kriya Yoga'.

Commentary:
Austerity does not mean physical abuse or serve rigors. It refers
to strict control of the senses in orderf to conserve energy for higher
pursuits. Austerity in this means fasting occasionally, rising early to
meditate instead of sleeping late, and reducing certain physical
comforts for the sake of greater control of mind. Study of scriptures
and other spirituals works keeps the mind flowing in the desired
direction. In surrendering to God's will one also surrenders the fruit
of work performed. This leads to Karma Yoga, the path of selfless
service, in which one regards oneself as the instrument of God, and
serves humanity with no thought of either credit or blame.

Weekly Poem

31. REALISE IT YOURSELF

How can I describe that exalted state?
It cannot be written on paper,
It cannot be told in words,
There is no language
To describe that state.
Language is imperfect.
Can you explain colour
To a blind man?
It is like that state
Of a dumb person
Who tastes a sweet thing.
How can it be explained?
You will have to realise it yourself:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.

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