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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter III: The Yoga of Action

III.12. ISHTAAN BHOGAAN HI VO DEVAA DAASYANTE YAJNABHAAVITAAH;
TAIR DATTAAN APRADAAYAIBHYO YO BHUNGKTE STENA EVA SAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'The gods, nourished by the sacrifice, will give you the desired
objects. So, he who enjoys the objects given by the gods without
offering (in return) to them, is verily a thief. '

III.13. YAJNASHISHTAASHINAH SANTO MUCHYANTE SARVA KILBISHAIH;
BHUNJATE TE TWAGHAM PAAPAA YE PACHANTYAATMA KAARANAAT.
'The righteous, who eat of the remnants of the sacrifice, are
freed from all sins; but those sinful ones who cook food (only)
for their own sake, verily eat sin.'

Daily Quote

Truth is eternal life and Existence. Truth is silence. Truth is immortal Essence.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 115, for Wednesday, July 27, 2016


[from Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"]
[Introduction to the third chapter]
Chapter three of the Raja Yoga Sutras elucidates the last three limbs
of Raja Yoga, 'Dharana', 'Dhyana' and 'Samadhi'. These three levels of
meditation practiced together are called 'samyama', which is also
explained in detail. Patanjali also describes many of 'Siddhis', or
powers, that are attained through the protracted practice of meditation.

III.1. DESA-BANDHAS CITTASYA DHARANA
'Dharana is fixing the mind on one object'.

Commentary:
The object of 'dharana', concentration, may be external or it may be
an internal plexus. It may also be a Mantra. If there is difficulty in
keeping the mind within a limited area of focus in the early stages of
practice, one may keep it moving within a broader circumscribed area in
which everything relates to the object. Then, the area of focus is
narrowed as greater control is gained. When the mind can be limited to one
point, it is concentrated.

Weekly Poem

39. THAT BRAHMAN AM I

That Brahman who is Satchidananda,
Who is the Indweller and Inner Ruler,
Who is the womb of the Vedas,
Who is the creator of this universe,
Who is the substratum for everything,
Who gives light to the intellect,
Who is hiding himself in all forms,
Who is adored by the Rishis,
Whom the Vedas proclaim,
Whom the Yogis wish to attain in Samadhi,
Who is a terror to Indra and Agni,
Who is sweet to the disciplined Yogi,
That Brahman verily I am:
Sivoham, Sivoham, Sivoham.

a) Brahman - Absolute Infinity, God.
b) Sat-Chit-Ananda - Existence, Knowledge, Bliss Absolute
c) Samadhi - Superconsciousness
d) Indra - Leader of the Gods
e) Agni - Fire God
f) Sivoham - I am Siva

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