Daily Quotes and Sutras
Friday, October 28, 2016
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter VIII: The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahman
VIII.1. KIM TADBRAHMA KIM ADHYAATMAM KIM KARMA PURUSHOTTAMA;
ADHIBHOOTAM CHA KIM PROKTAM ADHIDAIVAM KIMUCHYATE.
Arjuna said(to Krishna):
What is that Brahman? What is Adhyatma? What is action, O best
among men? What is declared to be Adhibhuta? And what is Adhidaiva
said to be?
VIII.2. ADHIYAJNAH KATHAM KO'TRA DEHE'SMIN MADHUSOODANA;
PRAYAANAKAALE CHA KATHAM JNEYO'SI NIYATAATMABHIH.
Who and how is Adhiyajna here in this body, O destroyer of Madhu
(Krishna)? And how, at the time of death, art Thou to be known by
the self-controlled one?
COMMENTARY: In the last two verses of the seventh discourse, Lord
Krishna uses certain philosophical terms. Arjuna does not
understand their meaning. So he proceeds to question the Lord.
Daily QuoteA Vedantin ignores the names and forms and beholds the one Atman in all.
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 36, for Friday, October 28, 2016
[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.19. BHAVA-PRATYAYO VIDEHA-PRAKRTILAYAANAAM
'("Asamprajnata samadhi" may be attained) by birth (in those who have
previously achieved) bodilessness or a merging with "Prakriti".'
The highest state of 'samadhi' is not achieved on one lifetime.
It takes many incarnations to make the innumerable fine adjustments
necessary for God-Realization. Many who do reach 'asamprajnata samadhi'
have done the major part of their work in previous lives and return only
to attain the final goal. Some have already reached the level of 'deva',
an advance spiritual being not living in a physical form. Or they may
have progressed as far as merging with 'Prakriti', when meditation on
the elements of nature has been perfected. In either case, merging with
the Self is all that remains to be achieved.
Weekly Poem53. FEEL HIS PRESENCE EVERYWHERE
The Lord is sound in ether or Akasa,
He is touch in air,
He is light in fire,
He is taste in water,
he is smell in earth.
He is intelligence in mind,
He is power in electricity,
He is beauty in women,
He is wisdom in sages,
He is devotion in devotees.
Feel His presence everywhere.
a) Sound(Ears) are produced from the Akasha(space) element in the Throat(Vishuddha) chakra.
b) Touch(Skin) is produced from the Air element in the Heart(Anahata) chakra.
c) Light(Eyes) are produced from the Fire element in the Solar Plexus(Manipura) chakra.
d) Taste(Tongue) is produced from the Water element in the Navel(Swadisthana) chakra.
e) Smell(Nose) is produced from the Earth element in the Root(Muladhara) chakra.