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Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XIV: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Qualities of Nature

XIV.5. SATTWAM RAJASTAMA ITI GUNAAH PRAKRITI SAMBHAVAAH;
NIBADHNANTI MAHAABAAHO DEHE DEHINAM AVYAYAM.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Purity, passion and inertia-these qualities, O mighty-armed
Arjuna, born of Nature, bind fast in the body, the embodied, the
indestructible!

COMMENTARY: The three Gunas are present in all human beings. None
is free from the operation of any one of the three qualities. They
are not constant. Sometimes Sattwa predominates and at other times
Rajas or Tamas predominates. One should analyse and stand as a
witness of these three qualities.

Daily Quote

Little acts make great actions.

Raja Yoga Sutra

Raja Yoga Selection Number 4, for Saturday, February 24, 2018


[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]
I.2. YOGAS CHITTA-VRITTI-NIRODHAH
'Yoga is restraining the activities of the mind.'

Commentary: The mind is neither visible nor tangible. It exists not in
the physical body, as does the brain, but in the astral body. Its
magnitude cannot be measured, for it carries all feelings, ideas and
impressions from this life and all previous lives, as well as intuitive
knowledge of what is to come. It is the mind, and nothing else, that
must be corralled and controlled in order to achieve the true peace of
Union.
The Sanskrit word 'chitta' translates as mind-stuff, or mental
substance. It is, in a sense, the ground floor of the mind. In Vedanta
philosophy, it is referred to as 'antahkarana', which means inner
instrument. The 'antahkarana' contains four main elements. The 'manas',
mind, engages in thinking, doubting and willing. The 'buddhi' is the
intellect, and it performs the functions of discriminating and making
decisions. Tat portion of the mind which is self-arrogating and sees
itself as separate from the Source is the 'ahamkara', ego. Finally,
there is the subconscious, which serves as a storehouse of past
experience and memory; this is also called the 'chitta'.

Weekly Poem

12. NATURE'S WONDERFUL ORCHESTRA

I roamed in the Sivagiri forest behind Viswanath Mandir.
It was all silence and quietude.
The flowers, the brooks and the deer
Recognised me and saluted me.
The wind played the drum,
The birds sang in a chorus,
The bees played the violin.
The brooks chanted Bum-Bum, Om-Om.
It was Nature's wonderful orchestra.
I enjoyed the Nature's music heartily.
It was soul-stirring and thrilling.
Come along, friends, and enjoy the music !
Hurry up ! Tarry not ! Be quick !

(a) Sivagiri - Mountain of Siva
(b) Viswanath Mandir - Temple of Siva in Benares
(c) Bum - Invocation to Lord Siva

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