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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.19. He who takes the Self to be the slayer and he who thinks It
is slain, neither of them KNOWS. It slays not, nor is It slain.
COMMENTARY: The Self is non-doer('Akarta') and as It is immutable,
It is neither the agent nor the object of the act of slaying. He
who thinks "I slay" or "I am slain" with the body or the Ahamkara
( ego), he does not really comprehend the true nature of the Self.
The Self is indestructable. It exists in the three periods of
time. It is Sat (Existence). When the body is destroyed, the
Self is not destroyed. The body has to undergo change in any
case. It is inevitable. But the Self is not at all affected by
it. Verses 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24 speak of the immortality of the
Self or Atman.

Daily Quote

Come! Come! Practise Yoga. Meditate seriously. You will cross this ocean of darkness and ignorance and reach the Light and Life -- everlasting.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 34, for Thursday, May 28, 2015


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.18. VIRAAMA-PRATYAYAABHYAASA-POORVAH SAMSKAARA-SHESHO'NYAH
'"Asamprajnata samadhi" (seedless state) is reached when all mental '
activity ceases and only unmanifested impression remain in the mind.'

Commentary(continued):
It takes great strength and control to achieve the superconscious
state. Without adequate preparation it is easy to be overpowered by
lethargy. One can be deceived into thinking that it is 'samadhi', just
as a little backache is sometimes mistaken for the awakening the
'kundalini'. A person in sleep and one who is experiencing
superconciousness appear to be in the same state, for energy at it's
lowest level resembles energy at it's highest. When the blades of an
electric fan are revolving with great velocity, they appear not to be
moving at all.
Extremes are very much alike. Darkness cannot be seen, and neither
can extreme light. In extreme lethargy there are no activities or desires.
A person who is sleeping does not to eat, make money, or go to parties.
Desires are absent. It is the same with 'asamprajnata samadhi', although
this state is the height of awareness. One wants neither sensual or
sexual experience. The only difference is that in deep sleep there are
still seeds in the jar, and the next morning they will sprout as desires.

Weekly Poem

34. HALLELUJAH

The strife is over now,
The battle is over.
I have gained the victory,
I have slain the mind.
Death ran away with mortal wounds,
My joy is boundless.
I rest in the Infinite now.
Hallelujah, hallelujah !

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