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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter VIII: The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahman

ARJUNA UVAACHA:
VIII.1. KIM TADBRAHMA KIM ADHYAATMAM KIM KARMA PURUSHOTTAMA;
ADHIBHOOTAM CHA KIM PROKTAM ADHIDAIVAM KIMUCHYATE.

Arjuna said(to Krishna):
What is that Brahman? What is Adhyatma? What is action, O best
among men? What is declared to be Adhibhuta? And what is Adhidaiva
said to be?

VIII.2. ADHIYAJNAH KATHAM KO'TRA DEHE'SMIN MADHUSOODANA;
PRAYAANAKAALE CHA KATHAM JNEYO'SI NIYATAATMABHIH.
Who and how is Adhiyajna here in this body, O destroyer of Madhu
(Krishna)? And how, at the time of death, art Thou to be known by
the self-controlled one?

COMMENTARY: In the last two verses of the seventh discourse, Lord
Krishna uses certain philosophical terms. Arjuna does not
understand their meaning. So he proceeds to question the Lord.

Daily Quote

Renounce pedantry, erudition and learning and become child-like and silent. Now you will realise the Self.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 62, for Friday, March 27, 2015


[from Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]
[Introduction to Second Chapter]
Patanjali's second chapter sets forth the practice of Yoga,
or 'sadhana'. It discusses Kriya Yoga, Which is purification through
discipline, study, and self-surrender. It enumerates the five main
afflictions, or causes for human suffering, and the methods for
eliminating them. Finally, it discusses the first five limbs of Raja
Yoga-'yama', 'niyama', 'asana', 'pranayama', and 'pratyahara'-
the foundations for the meditation.

II.1. TAPAH-SVADHYAYESVARA-PRANIDHANANI KRIYA-YOGAH.
'Austerity, self-study, and surrender to God constitute Kriya Yoga'.

Commentary:
Austerity does not mean physical abuse or serve rigors. It refers
to strict control of the senses in orderf to conserve energy for higher
pursuits. Austerity in this means fasting occasionally, rising early to
meditate instead of sleeping late, and reducing certain physical
comforts for the sake of greater control of mind. Study of scriptures
and other spirituals works keeps the mind flowing in the desired
direction. In surrendering to God's will one also surrenders the fruit
of work performed. This leads to Karma Yoga, the path of selfless
service, in which one regards oneself as the instrument of God, and
serves humanity with no thought of either credit or blame.

Weekly Poem

25. THE DAWN OF A NEW LIFE

All my sorrow is over,
My heart is now brimming up with joy;
Peace has now entered my soul.
All doubts, fears and delusion have vanished.
I was suddenly lifted out of myself.
There was dawn of a new life.
I experienced the inner world of Reality.
The Unseen filled my soul and heart.
I entered the vast, luminous Silence.
I was bathed in a flood of effulgence ineffable.
I came on the hidden spring of all life.
I am the Light that illumines the entire universe.

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