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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter VI: The Yoga of Meditation

SRI BHAGAVAAN UVAACHA:
VI.35. ASAMSHAYAM MAHAABAAHO MANO DURNIGRAHAM CHALAM;
ABHYAASENA TU KAUNTEYA VAIRAAGYENA CHA GRIHYATE.

The Blessed Lord said(to Arjuna):
Undoubtedly, O mighty-armed Arjuna, the mind is
difficult to control and restless; but, by practice
and by dispassion it may be restrained!

VI.36. ASAMYATAATMANAA YOGO DUSHPRAAPA ITI ME MATIH;
VASHYAATMANAA TU YATATAA SHAKYO'VAAPTUMUPAAYATAH.
I think that Yoga is hard to be attained by one of
uncontrolled self, but the self-controlled and striving
one attains to it by the (proper) means.

Daily Quote

Religion gives solace to the weary pilgrim in this earth-plane. It esplains lfe's mystery to him. It shows the path to the immortal abode.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 40, for Thursday, March 5, 2015


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.24. KLESA-KARMA-VIPAAKAASHAYAIR APARAAMRSHTAH PURUSHA-VISHESA ISVARAH
'"Ishwara" is that particular center of Divine Consciousness that is
untouched by misery, "Karma", or desire'.

Commentary:
'Ishwara' is the immortal Self, or Purusha, with form. He is
perceived as being, and yet. He is totally untouched by the ignorance
of unhappiness, the law of cause and effect, and carving. For him, the
opposites of the phenomenal world, such as pleasure and pain, do not
exist.

I.25. TATRA NIRATISAYAM SARVAJNA-BEEJAM
'In him lies the seed of omniscience'.

Commentary:
God, or 'Ishwara', is not just all knowing, but is knowledge itself.
In uniting with Him, the highest knowledge is obtained. This does not
refer to intellectual knowledge of the entire universe through the eye of
wisdom and intuition.

Weekly Poem

22. A MYSTERIOUS EXPERIENCE

Brahman or the Eternal is far sweeter than honey,
Jam, sugar-candy, Rasagulla or Laddu.
I meditated on Brahman, the Immutable;
I attained the stage that transcends the finite.
True light shone in me.
Avidya or ignorance vanished in toto.
The doors were totally shut,
The senses were withdrawn,
Breath and mind merged in their source,
I became one with the Supreme Light-
A mysterious experience beyond speech indeed.
Sivoham, Sivoham, Sivoham, Soham;
Sat Chit Ananda Svarupam.

a) Brahman - Absolute Infinity, God
b) Rasagulla and Laddu - Sweets
c) Avidya - Ignorance
d) Sivoham - I am Siva
e) Soham - I am
f) Sat Chit Ananda Swarupoham - I am the true self as knowledge
bliss, and existence absolute

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