Daily Quotes and Sutras
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter XV: The Yoga of the Highest Spirit
Note: Thus begins the Fifteenth Chapter of the Gita.
This chapter is declared to be the 'sublime essence' of the Gita,
and is traditionally chanted by all sannyasins(renunciants)
before mealtime. Swami Sivananda spoke quite highly of this
chapter, and recommends in his book 'Sadhana'(spiritual practice)
that all serious aspirants take the time to memorize this chapter
[in Sanskrit pronunciation] by heart. It is the shortest chapter
in the entire Gita of only 20 verses, and can be memorized by most
people in a week with regular practice at meals.
SRI BHAGAVAAN UVAACHA:
XV.1. OORDHWAMOOLAM ADHAHSHAAKHAM ASHWATTHAM PRAAHURAVYAYAM;
CCHANDAAMSI YASYA PARNAANI YASTAM VEDA SA VEDAVIT.
The Blessed Lord(Krishna) said(to Arjuna):
They (the wise) speak of the indestructible peepul tree, having
its root above and branches below, whose leaves are the metres or
hymns; he who knows it is a knower of the Vedas.
XV.2. ADHASHCHORDHWAM PRASRITAASTASYA SHAAKHAAH
Below and above spread its branches, nourished by the Gunas;
sense-objects are its buds; and below in the world of men stretch
forth the roots, originating action.
Daily QuoteThe secret o beauty is not dress and ornaments, but good character and the possession of divine virtues.
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 159, for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
[from Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"]
IV.15. VASTU-SAMYE CITTA-BHEDAT TAYOR VIBHAKTAK PANTHAH
'The object being the same, the apparent difference (between two
perceptions) is due to different minds' separate paths.'
The object remains the same, but when it is perceived by more than
one mind, there immediately arise varying views of that object. This is
due to the different paths of each individual. The word "path" alludes
to the fact that all are traveling toward realization of the Self, and
it is the individual attitudes or karmic situations that determine how a
person sees something.
Weekly Poem15. MY AUSPICIOUS DAY
I celebrated this auspicious day
with great eclat and pomp,
With illumination and joyful songs.
My wish has been fulfilled,
I have met my Beloved;
How shall I find words
For the Beauty of my Beloved !
He is brilliant like millions of suns,
he has entrhorned in my heard,
The lamp of love burns lustrously.
I bathed Him with the water of love;
I adorned Him with the flowers of Prem;
I gave Hime butter and sugar-candy.
I have drunk the cup of love,
Which is filled to the brim;
It is the cup of perfect joy:
My rapture wells forth.
The mercy of my Lord has come upon me:
How blessed am I
Who have seen my Beloved !
So says Sivananda.
(a) Prem - Divine Love.