Daily Quotes and Sutras
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Bhagavad Gita QuoteChapter II: Sankhya Yoga
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.14. The contacts of the senses with the objects, O Kaunteya
(son of Kunti, Arjuna), which cause heat and cold, pleasure and
pain, have a beginning and an end; they are impermanent; endure
them bravely, O Arjuna.
COMMENTARY: Cold is pleasant at one time and painful at another.
Heat is pleasant in winter but painful in summer. The same object
that gives pleasure at one time gives pain at another time. So
the sense-contacts that give rise to the sensations of heat and
cold, pleasure and pain come and go. Therefore, they are
impermanent in nature. The objects come in contact with the
senses or the Indriyas, viz. skin, ear eye, nose, etc., and the
sensations are carried by the nerves to the mind which has its
seat in the brain. It is the mind that feels pleasure and pain.
One should try to bear patiently heat and cold, pleasure and pain
and develop a balanced state of mind.
Daily QuoteAssert and affirm "I am the immortal Being". Realise the Self, now and here!
Raja Yoga SutraRaja Yoga Selection Number 56, for Sunday, May 29, 2016
[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.44. ETAYAIVA SAVICAARAA NIRVICAARAA CHA SOOKSHMAVISHAYAA
'By this (what is stated in the previous two sutras), "samadhi" with
inquiry, "samadhi" with out inquiry, and that which is still more
subtle is explained'.
Here Patanjali is distinguishing the various types of 'samprajnata
samadhi'. They include forms which may or may not involve inquiry, the
mental process of reflection. Or they may include levels which involve
meditation on more and more subtle object.
Weekly Poem31. REALISE IT YOURSELF
How can I describe that exalted state?
It cannot be written on paper,
It cannot be told in words,
There is no language
To describe that state.
Language is imperfect.
Can you explain colour
To a blind man?
It is like that state
Of a dumb person
Who tastes a sweet thing.
How can it be explained?
You will have to realise it yourself:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.