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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:20 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Solitude requires distancing ourselves not just from the world but also from the mind

Life's frenetic pace can easily consume us with its unending urgencies. To introspect and re-align ourselves with our priorities, not the world's priorities, it's helpful to distance ourselves from the world by going into solitude.

However, solitude can backfire if we aren't alert. Distancing ourselves from the world may well mean that we end up alone with our mind. The mind is like a screen that displays sensory inputs from the outer world. But it also displays stimuli coming from recollection and imagination. When we decrease sensory inputs by being alone, we may give all our attention to the many random thoughts popping up in the mind, thereby wasting hours upon hours. Result: zero introspection, aggravated illusion.

Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (06.10) states that yogis who engage in solitary meditation need to conscientiously control their mind. In fact, even before going into solitude, they need to first have a significant level of control on the mind (06.07-09).

The best way to distance ourselves from the mind is to connect with some reality higher and stronger than the mind. The supreme reality is the all-attractive, all-loving personal absolute, Krishna. The time-honored process of bhakti-yoga connects us efficaciously with him, granting us a higher perspective towards both the world and the mind. When we strive to stay connected with him, we can, by his grace, get the inner calm and clarity to glimpse our deepest core and to mold our actions accordingly. And even when we can't have solitude because of various obligations, we can still pursue our spiritual growth by staying connected with Krishna and working in a mood of service and contribution.

Thus, we can reap the full fruit of solitude not just by disconnecting from the world or the mind, but primarily by connecting with Krishna.

Think it over:

How can solitude backfire?

What does the Bhagavad-gita say about mind control and solitude?

How can we reap the full fruit of solitude?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/solitude-requires-distancing-ourselves-not-just-from-the-world-but-also-from-the-mind/ https://www.gitadaily.com/solitude-requires-distancing-ourselves-not-just-from-the-world-but-also-from-the-mind/

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:31 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Our inner screen is lined with lying links – be leery

Suppose we are reading an online article and adjacent to it are many links that turn out to be deceptive. They promise something free but then ask for our bank details to fleece us. If we are misled once by a lying link, we will become leery about similar links.

We all need to be leery about our mind because it is lined with false links, namely, desires for sensual pleasures. Our mind is like an inner screen on which are displayed inputs from the world that we need to respond to. But along with this necessary information, our mind also displays numerous sensual desires: "Eat this, watch this, touch this." Actually however, if we indulge in those desires, we may get a little pleasure, but will end up with a lot of trouble: wasted time, aggravated desire, karmic reactions. Nectar in the beginning, poison in the end – such is the nature of sensual pleasures (Bhagavad-gita 18.38).

However, we can't entirely reject the mind; it is an essential tool for us souls to function in the material world. Helping us become aware of the presence of such misleading links, the Gita (06.05) cautions that the mind can be our friend as well as our enemy – the onus is on us to elevate ourselves with it, not degrade ourselves. How can we elevate ourselves using the mind? By focusing on the necessary content within it.

Gita wisdom helps us focus thus by providing us a strong spiritual purpose: to center our attention on the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna, the source of the supreme happiness. When we connect with him by practicing bhakti-yoga and by doing our various essential activities in a mood of loving service, we access a higher spiritual joy that makes neglecting the mind's misleading links easier.

Think it over:

Why do we need to be leery while dealing with the mind?

Why are sensual desires like the mind's lying links?

How does Gita wisdom help us to use the mind constructively?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/our-inner-screen-is-lined-with-lying-links-be-leery/ https://www.gitadaily.com/our-inner-screen-is-lined-with-lying-links-be-leery/

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:33 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Our capacity for emotions comes from the soul, but our current emotions come from the mind

Suppose a child is watching a horror movie on TV and is becoming fearful. Herein, the ability to experience emotions comes from the child – if he weren't watching TV, he wouldn't be experiencing fear. However, that specific emotion isn't arising from his real situation; he may be safe with his mother nearby. It comes from the TV in the sense that it is triggered by the TV.

We are like that child; our mind is like that TV; the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna, who is our eternal Lord, is like the mother. The Bhagavad-gita (15.09) indicates that our knowledge-acquiring senses are centered on the mind. The mind is like an inner screen that displays inputs coming from not just outer perception but also inner recollection. Because the mind combines perception and recollection unpredictably and imaginatively, the emotions it triggers within us aren't always based on reality.

The horror movie metaphor highlights the difference between our ability to experience emotions and our present emotions. Emotions are a characteristic of consciousness, which is the innate energy of the soul. So, our ability to experience emotions originates from the soul. However, because we are presently captivated by the material things displayed on the mind, our present emotions are triggered by the mind.

To experience emotions connected with his real situation, the child needs to turn his attention from the horror movie to his mother. Similarly, to experience emotions based on our real identity, we need to disinvest our consciousness from matter and invest it in Krishna. This re-investment of consciousness is best brought about by practicing bhakti-yoga. By steady bhakti-yoga practice, when we start relishing loving emotions in relationship with Krishna, those emotions take us to the ultimate reality: his supreme abode which is our eternal home.

Think it over:

How is our situation like that of the child watching a horror movie?

Why aren't our emotions always based on reality?

How can we experience emotions based on our real identity?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/our-capacity-for-emotions-comes-from-the-soul-but-our-current-emotions-come-from-the-mind/ https://www.gitadaily.com/our-capacity-for-emotions-comes-from-the-soul-but-our-current-emotions-come-from-the-mind/

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:38 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Intelligence means to know which thoughts to contemplate and which to neglect

Intelligence is essentially the ability to make good choices. For example, IQ tests often assess students' intelligence based on their ability to choose the right options in a multiple-choice exam.

Life constantly presents us multiple choices, be they of routes, gadgets, cars, homes, careers or partners. Choosing properly among these options also requires intelligence, even if that intelligence isn't measured by IQ tests.

All such choices arise from a foundational choice that defines our intelligence: the choice of our thoughts. Frequently, some thought pops up inside us and we uncritically give it our attention. Powered by such contemplation, that thought quickly grows into a desire, an intention and an action. If that action is self-destructive, we may wonder, "Why did I do that?" It was because we didn't choose our thoughts intelligently.

To choose among our thoughts, we first need to become aware that our thoughts are different from us. Such awareness is fostered by Gita wisdom. It explains that at our core, we are souls, who are presently covered by a subtle body and a gross body. In our subtle body is the mind that is the generator of thoughts and the intelligence that is the evaluator of thoughts.

The Gita (18.30) indicates that a robust intelligence – intelligence situated in the mode of goodness – evaluates thoughts dispassionately, based on whether the consequent actions are productive or counterproductive. Studying the Gita regularly sharpens our intelligence, equipping us to recognize which thoughts are beneficial and which unbeneficial. And living the Gita by practicing bhakti-yoga connects our finite intelligence with the Infinite's intelligence, thereby increasing dramatically our ability to act intelligently, that is, transform our beneficial thoughts into productive actions.

As thoughts are the basis of all our choices, the intelligence to choose our thoughts wisely improves all our choices.

Think it over:

Why do we do things that we later regret?

How are the mind and the intelligence related to thoughts?

How can we enhance our intelligence?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/intelligence-means-to-know-which-thoughts-to-contemplate-and-which-to-neglect/ https://www.gitadaily.com/intelligence-means-to-know-which-thoughts-to-contemplate-and-which-to-neglect/

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Humility comes by acknowledging that we don't have access to Krishna's plan

Suppose we are driving a car and come to an unexpected intersection. Or suppose we are flying in a plane and suddenly find it turning in an unexpected direction. In either case, we need to consult someone knowledgeable.

In our life-journey, we are sometimes the car-driver and sometimes the plane passenger. Sometimes, we move our life as per our plans, but find ourselves at a perplexing crossroad. Sometimes, we find ourselves being moved in unplanned directions by forces beyond our control. In either case, we need to be humble enough to seek guidance.

The Bhagavad-gita places this need for humility in a broader philosophical context. Extending the life-journey metaphor, it explains that we are souls on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution. We transmigrate under the supervision of the Supersoul (18.61) who has a master plan for our evolution, for he is our greatest well-wisher (05.29).

During our daily life, we hardly think of this big picture. At certain junctures, however, we realize that we don't know what to do or what's happening. At the Gita's start, Arjuna had such a knowledge-of-ignorance moment – a moment when he recognized his ignorance.. Fortunately and intelligently, he had the humility to surrender to Krishna (02.07). And Krishna's guidance in the Gita restored his equanimity (18.73).

Similarly, during our knowledge-of-ignorance moments, if we cultivate the humility to turn towards the Gita, it can grant us the conviction that Krishna has a plan, even if we don't have access to it. If we keep doing our part – serve him, one small step at a time, according to our intelligence and saintly guidance – he will duly bring us to eternal auspiciousness.

Thus, the humility to defer to Krishna's inconceivable plan can raise us from perplexity to equanimity.

Think it over:

How is our situation sometimes like a car-driver and sometimes like a plane passenger?

What is a knowledge-of-ignorance moment? Have you ever had any such moment?

How can humility raise us from perplexity to equanimity?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/to-rise-from-perplexity-to-equanimity-cultivate-the-humility-to-acknowledge-that-we-dont-have-access-to-krishnas-plan/ https://www.gitadaily.com/to-rise-from-perplexity-to-equanimity-cultivate-the-humility-to-acknowledge-that-we-dont-have-access-to-krishnas-plan/

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:34 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


In the present times, anxiety and fear are spreading amongst people and righteousness (dharma) is receiving a setback. The world can win back peace and harmony only when people are persuaded to practice the ideals laid down in the scriptures (Vedas) which serve as beacon-lights to guide mankind aright. All activities in your daily living (karma) are really speaking the practice of dharma. The Upanishads give us guidance on what must be done and what must be avoided in the journey of life. For involving oneself in good activities, spiritual wisdom is an essential prerequisite. They direct us to revere the mother as God, father as God, preceptor as God, and also the guest as God. They also warn us that truth and righteousness should not be neglected. So there are both positive and negative instructions — follow these counsels, not others. Accept whatever conduces to your progress in goodness; avoid the others. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:40 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Righteousness (Dharma) has no prejudice or partiality; it is imbued with truth and justice. People must adhere to right-conduct (dharma); they must see that they never go against it. It is wrong to deviate from it. The path of dharma requires people to give up hatred against others and cultivate mutual concord and amity. Through concord and amity, the world will grow day by day into a place of happiness. If these are well established, the world will be free from disquiet, indiscipline, disorder, and injustice. Whatever good value you desire to follow, first grasp its real meaning. Then, you must cultivate it daily and benefit from it. By this means, wisdom grows and lasting joy is earned. The wise, who are impartial and unprejudiced, who are committed to living in dharma,walk on the path of truth (Sathya), as instructed in the Vedas. That is the path for all people today. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:07 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


In all worldly activities, be careful not to offend propriety or the canons of good nature; do not play false to the promptings of the inner voice; be prepared at all times to respect the appropriate dictates of conscience; watch your steps to see whether you are in someone else's way; and be ever vigilant to discover the truth behind all this scintillating variety. This is your duty, your dharma.The blazing fire of wisdom (jnana), which convinces you that everything is Divine (Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma), will consume into ashes all traces of your egotism and worldly attachment. Whoever subdues egotism, conquers selfish desires, destroys bestial feelings and impulses, and gives up the natural tendency to regard the body as the self that person is surely on the path of dharma; they know that the goal of dharma is the merging of the wave in the sea, the merging of the Self in the Supreme Divine! Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:12 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Do not envy others. Do not give destructive suggestion. Do not keep in the heart any injury done by others. Do not make much of trifling things. Do not expect any return for your services or help. (Swami Sivananda)

Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:42 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The soul is a sacred, blue-burning flame, illuminating the faces of the gods. Remember that he who humbles himself will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be crushed. (Kahlil Gibran)

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:03 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


7 Yoga Stretches You can Practice on a Chair

From reduced stress, to improved strength and flexibility, the benefits of yoga have made it an increasingly popular form of exercise in the west. But, it can be rather intimidating to some too. Perhaps you may feel that you just 'don't bend that way', or you might find it difficult to keep up with others in class, or maybe, you have a physical limitation that prevents you from attempting a yoga class for a full hour.

Whatever your reason may be, using a prop, such as a chair, will help change your perception of yoga. Chair Yoga, as it is justly named, adapts traditional yoga poses so that they may be done from a (predominantly) seated position, offering support to people who cannot stand for long periods of time. Despite the extra hold you get from using a chair, the mind-body benefits of a traditional class are still incorporated into the 'chair pose'.

Who can do Chair Yoga?

This form of yoga practice is generally targeted at senior citizens, however, it may also be adopted amongst obese people and people with neurological diseases. Office workers may also take advantage of Chair Yoga, enabling them to sneak in a couple of stretches at work too. The particular chair you use is not important, however, it goes without saying that chairs with wheels are not ideal.

So, whatever your reason, this series of seated yoga exercises can be a great addition to your daily routine.

Disclaimer: Whilst the following poses are suitable for most people (including seniors), people living with chronic pain and/or those who use a wheelchair should consult with their healthcare provider before beginning any new physical activity.

1. Chair Cat-Cow Stretch

Keep your spine long, both feet planted flat on the floor.

Inhale, come into cow position, arch your back and drop your shoulders.

Exhale, round your spine, allowing the shoulders and the head to come forward into cat position.

Continue to move between cow on the inhalations, and cat on the exhalations for five breaths.

Benefits: This posture improves spine flexibility and abdominal strength.

2. Chair Forward Bend

Spread your feet hip-distance apart.

Exhale, coming into a forward bend resting your torso over your thighs.

Let the hands rest on the floor (if you are able to reach it. If not, keep your hands on your thighs).

Let the head hang heavy between your legs.

Inhale, raising the arms up over the head.

Repeat this sequence five times, moving slowly as you breathe.

Benefits: Relieves tension from the head, neck and shoulder region. This pose also helps sooth the nervous system and relieves stress.

3. Chair Spinal Twist

Keep your spine straight, knees together, feet planted on the floor.

Twist your torso towards the left.

With your left hand hold the back of the chair, placing your right hand on your left thigh.

With each inhale, lengthen your spine and with every exhale twist as deeply as you can.

Hold this posture for five breaths, then repeat on the right side.

Benefits: Opens the shoulders and neck, whilst stretching the spine..

4. Chair Thread the Needle

Sit up straight.

Bring your left ankle to rest on your right thigh, keeping the knee in line with your ankle as much as possible.

Hold for three to five breaths.

If you would to intensify the stretch, proceed with a forward bend, holding for a further three to five breaths.

Repeat with the right leg up.

Benefits: Stretches the thighs, groins, back and psoas muscles.

5. Chair Eagle Arms

Lengthen your spine and stretch your arms out in front of you.

Cross your left arm over the right, at the elbow.

Bend the elbows and bring your palms together until they touch.

Lift the elbows while dropping the shoulders away from the ears.

Hold the pose for three to five breaths and repeat on the other side.

Benefits: This pose provides a deep stretch in the shoulders.

6. Chair Warrior II

Position your right leg over the chair and swing your left leg behind you.

Plant the sole of the left foot on the floor and straighten the left leg.

Let your torso turn to the left, aligning your hips with the front of the chair.

Exhale, open the arms out to the side, with the right arm extending forward, and the left, back.

Gaze out over the right fingertips and hold for three breaths.

Repeat on the other side.

Benefits: Strengthens the legs and arms, opens the chest and shoulders and tones the abdomen..

7. Chair Reverse Warrior

Position your body in Warrior II, as described above.

Let the left arm come down the left leg and lift the right arm up towards the ceiling as you inhale.

Hold for three breaths.

Benefits: Strengthens the legs, improves flexibility of the spine.

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:09 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Pujya Swami Dayananda ji's Pravachans- Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Harih Om

I generally suggest getting Pujya Swamiji's pravachans directly from the Gurukulam to help support the printing/publishing/distribution of his works, but since this particular series is not very commonly accessible, please find the link for Pujya Swamiji's talks on Patanjali Yoga Sutras:


This complete teaching codified and presented by the great Maharshi Patanjali is the foundation for all contemporary Yoga practices. Subscribing to the same is of utmost value to the Sadhaka even to complement the study of Vedanta

Sri Gurubhyo Namah!

Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>


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