Daily Quotes and Sutras

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter I: The Yoga of Arjuna's Despondancy

I.24. Sanjaya said(to Dhritarashtra):
Thus addressed by Arjuna, Kesava(Krishna), having stationed that
best of chariots, O Dhritarashtra, in the midst of the two armies,

I.25. In front of Bhishma and Drona, and all the rulers of the
earth, (Krishna) said: "O Arjuna (son of Pritha), behold these
Kurus gathered together."

Daily Quote

Rely upon nothing other than God.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 92, for Wednesday, May 23, 2018


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
II.31. JATI-DESA-KALA-SAMAYANAVACCHINNAH SARVABHAUMA MAHAVRATAM.
'These (abstentions) are not limited by social structure, location, time
or circumstances, and they constitute the great (universal) vow'.

Commentary:
Laughter comes from stimulation, but a smile comes from inner
peacefulness. Satisfied with itself, the mind needs nothing else for its
contentment, which grows in proportion to awareness of the inner Self.
The mind should be effected by external objects. They may be possessed,
but with detachment. Do not let them possess the mind.
Austerity means curtailing the insatiable demands of the senses.
Drink water instead of coffee, practice silence instead of talking,
control greed by eating bland food, and counteract sleep by getting up
early. When the mind learns that its demands for pleasure will not be met
through the senses, it stops its useless wandering and turns inward.
Control of the senses clears the way for such powers as telepathy and
clairvoyance.
Study of spiritual works and the scriptures helps to keep a person on
the right path. Books alone, however, can only take one so far, can lead
to intellectual pride. Surrender to the will of God is necessary, for
ultimately everything depends upon His grace.

Weekly Poem

24. THE SONG OF SOHAM

I watched the breath closely;
It sings the eternal song of 'Soham';
"I am He, I am He".
It reminds of the identity
Of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul.
There is no break in this song,
The music goes on day and night.
There are 21,600 breaths in a day:
Body-consciousness vanished,
Time and space disappeared,
'I', 'you' and 'he' melted away,
'This' and 'that' evaporated,
'Here' and 'there' dwindled,
It was all one mass of consciousness,
It was an ocean of bliss.
The seer, sight and seen became one;
All distinctions and differences melted:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.

a) Soham - I am He
b) The inhale(saa) and exhale(ham)
are said to silently repeat this
mantra approximately 21,600 times
daily

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