Daily Quotes and Sutras
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter I: The Yoga of Arjuna's Despondancy
I.9. (Duryodhana to Drona describing the Kuru army)
"And also many other heroes who are ready to give up their lives
for my sake, armed with various weapons and missiles, all well
skilled in battle."
I.10. "This army of ours marshalled by Bhishma is unlimited yet
insufficient, whereas that army of theirs marshalled by Bhima is
limited yet sufficient.
Daily QuoteThe lamp of faith must be steadily fed by contact with sages and vigilantly trimmed by meditation.
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 31, for Wednesday, May 4, 2016
[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.17. VITARKA-VICHAARAANANDAASMITAANUGAMAAT SAMPRJNAATAH
'"Samprajnata samadhi" (samadhi with consciousness) is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'
The aforementioned stages are all phases of 'samprajnata',
'samadhi' with seed. Their differences are those of degree, in
progression of concentration and in disassociation from the gross
ego. As the gross ego falls away, the psychic centers and elements
dominate the consciousness. The elements, from dense to subtle, are
then merged into mind, which becomes it's own object of meditation.
On reaching the pure state of ego, one is unaware of physical, astral
or blissful experience. Consciousness resides in the individual in his
purest form, which remains separate from the object of meditation,
just as sun's reflection is separate from sun.
This is a very difficult time for the spiritual seeker. He has
reached a stage of development in which spiritual powers are thrown in
his lap. Nature will hold him back as long as there is even a little ego.
One is tested by acquision of powers, supramental experiences, obstacles
and pressures. Don't be beguiled by external powers. Whether they are
desired or not, they come naturally as the yogi advances along the path.
Then people inevitably come to seek advice and counsel. This is a
testing period for the ego. Credit should not be expected for the
performance of duty. This level is reached only after a long evolution
of several lifetimes. It is necessary to push on to the unqualified
experience of the 'asamprajnata' state, in which there is no dualism.
Weekly Poem27. THE LITTLE 'I' FUSED
I sat alone on a block of stone
On the banks of the Ganges or Bhagirathi.
Mother Ganges blessed me.
I meditated on OM and its meaning -
The Word that is the symbol of Brahman.
The little personality was lost.
The mortal limit of the Self was loosened;
But there was infinite extension.
I entered into the Nameless Beyond;
I realised the quintessential unity of Bliss.
No words can describe the thrill of joy,
The mananinous mystic experiences,
The supremest and divinest height of felicity!!
The little 'I' fused into the incandescent brillance.
Two became one now.
It was all Tejomaya Ananda -
One mass of transcendental Light Bliss.