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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.17. Know That to be indestructible, by Which all this is
pervaded. None can cause the dstruction of That, the Imperishable.
COMMENTARY: Brahman or Atman pervades all the objects like ether.
Even if the pot is broken, the ether that is within and without
the pot cannot be destroyed. Even so, if the bodies and all other
objects perish, Brahman or the Self that pervades them cannot
perish. It is the living Truth, 'Sat'.
Brahman has no parts. There cannot be either increase or
diminution in Brahman. People are ruined by loss of wealth. But
Brahman does not suffer any loss in that way. It is
inexhaustible. Therefore, note can bring about the disappearance
or destruction of the Self. It always exists. It is always all-
full and self contained. It is Existence Absolute. It is immutable.

Daily Quote

know andthen live the divine life, the Upanishadic life of Brahmic consciousness.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 32, for Tuesday, May 26, 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:
'Asmprajnata' or seedless 'samadhi' , is the most clearly
grasped if there is an understanding of the seven 'bhumikas', the stages
of consciousness which lead to Self-Realization.
These are :
A. 'Subhecha' :longing for truth. One realizes his state of ignorance,
and sincerely wishes to acquire spiritual knowledge.
B. 'Vicharana' :right inquiry. One is convinced of the worthlessness of
the world, and searches sincerely and deeply for the
truth.
C. 'Tanumanasa':fading of mind loses its taste for objects of the world
and becomes intensely immersed in knowledge of the Soul.
This corresponds to the latter states of 'savitarka' and
'nirvitarka'.
D. 'Sattwapatti':purity of mind. All mental modifications are reduced to
identification with the Self. This corresponds to
'sananda' and 'sasmita'.
E. 'Asamsakti' :detached state. The meditator is unaffected by anything
in the world, due to his knowledge of the Self.
F. 'Padarthabhanava': knowledge of truth. Karma is almost completed and
External things do not appear to exist.
G. 'Turiya' :the state of liberation. The yogi sees God everywhere.
He does not perform action, for this state is of short
duration while the body and sheaths are completely burned.

Weekly Poem

33. THE WISDOM-FIRE

This tree of Samsara has been destroyed
To its very root by the wisdom fire.
I felt the hidden pulse of the vast Unseen.
I dived in the infinite sea of the Unknown.
I have cut asunder the tangled web of life.
I emerged from the snare of Maya, mind and senses.
I ahve developed the matchless Jnana vision.
In the Absolute there is neither 'was',
Nor 'is', nor 'will be';
But there is the throbbing of the one voice of Eternity.
I have banished all differentiation of 'I', 'thou', 'he'.
It is all now a homogeneous Wisdom Essence.

a) Samsara - Endless cycle of karmic birth, death, and rebirth
b) Jnana - Wisdom or Knowledge

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