Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XII: The Yoga of Devotion

XII.5. KLESHO'DHIKATARASTESHAAM AVYAKTAASAKTACHETASAAM;
AVYAKTAA HI GATIRDUHKHAM DEHAVADBHIRAVAAPYATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the Unmanifested;
for the goal-the Unmanifested-is very difficult for the embodied
to reach.

COMMENTARY: The embodied-those who identify themselves with their
bodies. The imperishable Self is very hard to reach for those who
are attached to their bodies. Their restless minds will not be
able to get fixed on the attributeless Self.

Daily Quote

This body is meant for the good of others. Righteousness is the support of the entire world.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 120, for Friday, January 20, 2017


[from Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"]
III.9. VYUTTHANA-NIRODHA-SAMSKARAYOR ABHIBHAVA-PRADURBHAVAU
NIRODHA-KSANACITTANVAYO NIRODHA-PPARINAMAH
'Through the constant replacement of disturbing thought waves by ones of
control, the mind is transformed and gains mastery of itself'.

Commentary:
Reaching the superconscious state is a matter of practice. If
useless thoughts are eliminated the moment they appear, they are
gradually weeded out.

III.10. TASYA PPRASANTA-VAHITA SAMSKARAT
'Its flow becomes undisturbed through repetition'.

Commentary:
Mastery of control of the mind comes through creating new habits.
When the samskaras of restraint are reinforced often enough, the mind
becomes tranquil.

Weekly Poem

10. SAMATA

I wandered alone in winter without blankets,
I slept on the roadside without food;
This did not disturb me even a bit.
I enjoyed the Parivrajak life,
I was in communion with the Lord,
I understood His mysterious ways and help.
Then again, Maharanis served me during meals,
Maharajas fanned me,
Ministers washed my feet.
I was neither elated nor puffed up,
I was wondering at the works of Maya,
I thought it was all a slight purging of some Prarabdha
That will help and hasten the Videha Mukti.
Samata alone can give peace.
Samata or eqanimity is Yoga.
There be established in Samata.

(a) Samata - Equanimity
(b) Parivrajak - Wandering Yogi
(c) Maharani - Great Queen
(d) Maharajas - Great King
(e) Videha Mukti - Liberation beyond the body

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