Daily Quotes and Sutras
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter II: Sankhya Yoga
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.51. The wise, possessed of knowledge, having abandoned the
fruits of their actions, and being freed from the fetters of
birth, go the the place which is beyond all evil.
COMMENTARY: Clinging to the fruits of actions is the cause of
rebirth. Man takes a body to enjoy them. If anyone performs
actions for the sake of God in fulfilment of His purpose without
desire for the fruits, he is released from the bonds of birth and
attains to the blissful state or the immortal abode.
Sages who possess evenness of mind abandon the fruits of
their actions and thus escape from good and bad actions.
'Buddhi' referred to in the three verses 49,50 and 51 may be the
wisdom of the Sankhyas, i.e. the knowledge of the Self or Atma-
Jnana which dawns when the mind is purified by Karma Yoga.
Daily QuoteThe more you polish the surface of your inner heart through practice of dispassion and meditation, the more of the Lord's grace-effulgence will chine there.
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 87, for Wednesday, June 29, 2016
[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
'"Yama", "niyama", "asana", "pranayama", "pratyahara", "dharana",
"dhyana", and "samadhi" are the eight limbs.
The eight limbs can be translated as:
A) Yama: Abstentions or restraints
B) Niyama: Observances which cultivate positive qualities
C) Asana: Yoga postures
D) Pranayama: Yogic breathing
E) Pratyahara: Withdrawal of senses
E) Dharana: Concentration
F) Dhyana: Meditation
G) Samadhi: Superconsciousness
Raja Yoga is sometimes called 'Ashtanga Yoga', or Yoga of eight
limbs. They translate, in the order given above, as self restraints,
observances, postures, regulation of breath, withdrawal of the mind from
sense objects, concentration, meditation and the superconscious state.
Weekly Poem35. I AM GOD-INTOXICATED
I have realised the Atman
Through the grace of the Lord and the Satguru.
I am unattached and free.
All doubts and delusion have vanished.
I am free and ever blissful.
I am free from fear,
As I rest in that non-dual state.
Fear is due to duality.
I am God-intoxicated;
I am Brahman-intoxicated.
I have attained perfection and freedom.
I live in the Pure Consciousness.
I have won the game of life.
I have won, I have won !
a) Atman - The self or soul
b) Satguru - Enlightened teacher
c) Brahman - The absolute, God, Infinity