Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter IV: The Yoga of the Division of Wisdom

IV.36. API CHEDASI PAAPEBHYAH SARVEBHYAH PAAPAKRITTAMAH;
SARVAM JNAANAPLAVENAIVA VRIJINAM SANTARISHYASI.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'Even if thou art the most sinful of all sinners, yet thou
shalt verily cross all sins by the raft of knowledge.'

COMMENTARY: One can overcome sin through Self-knowledge.

IV.37. YATHAIDHAAMSI SAMIDDHO'GNIR BHASMASAAT KURUTE'RJUNA;
JNAANAAGNIH SARVAKARMAANI BHASMASAAT KURUTE TATHAA.
'As the blazing fire reduces fuel to ashes, O Arjuna, so
does the fire of knowledge reduce all actions to ashes!'

Daily Quote

Absolute Consciousness is Pure Awareness.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 150, for Wednesday, August 31, 2016


[from Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"]
IV.2. JATY-ANTARA-PARINAMAH PRAKRTY-APURAT
'All evolutionary transformations are due to the fulfilling of Nature"s
tendencies'.

Commentary:
All powers come in direct correlation with the evolution of the
individual toward perfection through his many incarnations. Any attempt to
force their manifestation will stunt spiritual growth. It is man's
purpose to achieve Union with the Divine. This is a natural progression
which can be aided through self-discipline and self inquiry.

IV.3. NIMITTAM APRAYOJAKAM PRAKRTINAM VARANA-BHEDAS TU TATH KSETRIKAVAT
'An apparent cause is not necessarily instrumental in bringing about
natural progression which can be aided through self-discipline and self-
inquiry.

Weekly Poem

44. ONCE AND NOW

I searched for God in the caves of the Himalayas,
In the pilgrim centres, in river banks;
But I myself am Brahman, God of gods now!
I had once intense love for my sweet home,
Native village, district and province;
But I am now the home of all worlds -
East and Wet, North and South,
Greece and India, Australia and France,
China and Russia have become one.
I loved Tamil once;
But I am 'Om' now,
The source of all languages.
I had once great love for my body;
But now I have realised, "All bodies are mine".
Once one hundred years was too big for me;
But I now abide in Eternity -
No time-piece, no calendar is necessary now.
Once five thousand miles was a great distance for me;
But now I feel, "I am Infinity".
Time, space have vanished.
I have neither home nor house address nor name!

a) Brahman - Absolute Infinity, God.

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