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Digest #4759
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna

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Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:47 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The more we live for the world, the further we go from the self
To live for the world means to spend our life pursuing goals set by the world. Because the world's mainstream culture is materialistic, the things it glamorizes are mundane and sensual. And with today's world offering us easy access to the Internet with its endless distractions, living for the world means living for increasingly trivial things: movies, video games, spectator sports and so forth.
By living for the world, we distance ourselves from truly important things – including the very things that make us, us. Gita wisdom explains that at our core, we are souls. We are eternal and we long for eternal love that can be found only in a devotional relationship with the all-attractive Supreme Person, Krishna. When we connect with him by practicing bhakti-yoga, we realize ourselves spiritually. Moreover, by understanding how the body is a tool, we can observe it objectively and thereby optimize our contributions materially.

However, such self-realization is rendered impossible when we live materialistically. The Bhagavad-gita (02.69) indicates that the material and spiritual worldviews are as different as night and day. The more we go into the darkness of the night, the further we go from the light of the day. Similarly, the more we live for the world, the further we go from the self.
Thankfully, bhakti-yoga offers us an integrated spirituality that requires not rejecting the world but re-envisioning it. That is, we see the world as an arena not for sensual gratification, but for devotional contribution. With this vision, though we live in the world, we don't live for the world; we live to serve Krishna in the world.
When we thus cultivate a mood of service, the world becomes our gateway to the self, the Supreme Self and their spiritual connection that offers the supreme satisfaction.
Think it over:
What does living for the world mean?
How does living for the world distance us from the self?
How can we live in the world, but not for the world?



Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:22 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Our mind is like our inbox – focus on the thoughts that matter




When we check our inbox, if we find any junk mails, we neglect them.




Our mind is like an inbox, wherein various stimuli come in, either from outer perception or inner recollection. And our thoughts are often random combinations of perception and recollection spiced liberally with imagination. Such random thoughts are like junk mails – they don't merit our attention. Just as we focus on the mails that matter in our inbox, we need to focus on the thought that matter in our mind.




However, because the mind is inside us, we tend to identify the thoughts therein as our thoughts. Helping us decrease such identification, Gita wisdom explains that we exist above our thoughts – we are transcendental souls, eternal parts of the omnipotent supreme, Krishna. Our thoughts arise from the three modes of material nature (14.22-23). Instead of getting emotionally involved with our thoughts, we can evaluate them on merit. For such evaluation, the Gita's spiritual knowledge functions like a junk thought detector.




We can filter junk thoughts by cultivating purposefulness. When we are focused on attending to some important mail, that focus helps us to neglect junk mails. Similarly, when we are focused on some important purpose, that focus helps us to neglect random thoughts.




Gita wisdom explains that the most empowering purpose is the spiritual purpose of loving service to the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. Why is this purpose most empowering? Because linking with him through service purifies us, thereby decreasing the presence or at least the power of random thoughts. When we serve him by practicing bhakti-yoga diligently (14.26) and redefine our life as service to him, our purposefulness, coupled with purification, equips us to filter junk thought efficiently.




Being thus empowered with spiritual knowledge and devotional purposefulness, we can focus on the thoughts that matter.




Think it over:




Why are some of our thoughts like junk mails?

How does spiritual knowledge function like a junk thought detector?

How does devotional focus equip us to filter junk thoughts?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/our-mind-is-like-our-inbox-focus-on-the-thoughts-that-matter/ https://www.gitadaily.com/our-mind-is-like-our-inbox-focus-on-the-thoughts-that-matter/



Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:23 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Our mind is like our inbox – focus on the thoughts that matter




When we check our inbox, if we find any junk mails, we neglect them.




Our mind is like an inbox, wherein various stimuli come in, either from outer perception or inner recollection. And our thoughts are often random combinations of perception and recollection spiced liberally with imagination. Such random thoughts are like junk mails – they don't merit our attention. Just as we focus on the mails that matter in our inbox, we need to focus on the thought that matter in our mind.




However, because the mind is inside us, we tend to identify the thoughts therein as our thoughts. Helping us decrease such identification, Gita wisdom explains that we exist above our thoughts – we are transcendental souls, eternal parts of the omnipotent supreme, Krishna. Our thoughts arise from the three modes of material nature (14.22-23). Instead of getting emotionally involved with our thoughts, we can evaluate them on merit. For such evaluation, the Gita's spiritual knowledge functions like a junk thought detector.




We can filter junk thoughts by cultivating purposefulness. When we are focused on attending to some important mail, that focus helps us to neglect junk mails. Similarly, when we are focused on some important purpose, that focus helps us to neglect random thoughts.




Gita wisdom explains that the most empowering purpose is the spiritual purpose of loving service to the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. Why is this purpose most empowering? Because linking with him through service purifies us, thereby decreasing the presence or at least the power of random thoughts. When we serve him by practicing bhakti-yoga diligently (14.26) and redefine our life as service to him, our purposefulness, coupled with purification, equips us to filter junk thought efficiently.




Being thus empowered with spiritual knowledge and devotional purposefulness, we can focus on the thoughts that matter.




Think it over:




Why are some of our thoughts like junk mails?

How does spiritual knowledge function like a junk thought detector?

How does devotional focus equip us to filter junk thoughts?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/our-mind-is-like-our-inbox-focus-on-the-thoughts-that-matter/ https://www.gitadaily.com/our-mind-is-like-our-inbox-focus-on-the-thoughts-that-matter/



Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:47 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The Lord who is Prema Swarupa (Divine Love personified) will grant you all that you need despite your not asking for anything. He knows; He is the Mother who does not wait to hear the moan of the child to feed it.. His love is so vast and deep; He anticipates every need and rushes to help you. You are always praying anxiously and placing before Me the long lists of wishes you have. These wishes go on multiplying endlessly. The fulfilment of one leads to a new series. Strive to arrive at the stage when His wish alone will count and you are an instrument in His Hands. Gopis desired to listen only to Krishna's glory, Krishna's charm, Krishna's words, Krishna's pranks, plays, pastimes, and Krishna's achievements and attainments. When you fill yourselves with love for Krishna, you achieve sarupyaand sayujya (likeness of form and absorption into Krishna). Strive for that consummation, not for lesser victories. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:03 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Every bird, animal, tree, mountain and star, each tiny worm, has a lesson for you, if you have but the will and the thirst to learn. These make the world a veritable University for you; it is a Gurukul where you are a pupil from birth to death. For example, the tree can teach you forbearance and tolerance. It offers shade to all, irrespective of age, gender, religion, nationality or economic status. It helps with fruit and shade to even the foe who lays his axe on its trunk! The sea rolls and surges in great joy on a full moon; it only knows the fullness of happy contentment. The Sun may lift clouds of vapour from it; the Sea does not whimper. Rain may fill its coffers with the rich riverine tribute; it does not exult. It teaches you equanimity. Watch the waves rolling one behind the other towards the shore bringing bits of flotsam and jetsam, bottles and twigs, to be deposited on land. There is a constant struggle, a laudable Sadhana, to maintain itself clean - which you can well adopt. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

People think of the ordinary meaning of 'Krishna' as 'one who is dark' and forget the deeper and truer meanings of the Lord's Name. 'Krishna' has three meanings. The first one is 'Krishyati iti Krishnah' (The one who cultivates is Krishna). What must be cultivated? The field of one's heart (Hridaya-Kshethra). Lord Krishna cultivates the field of our heart by removing the weeds of bad qualities, watering it with love, ploughing it through Sadhana, and sowing the seeds of devotion. The second meaning is "Karshati iti Krishnah" (The one who attracts you is Krishna). Krishna attracts you through His eyes, His speech, His sports, and by His every action. Through His words, He softens and calms the hearts of even those filled with hatred and makes them rejoice. A third meaning of 'Krishna' is 'Kushyati iti Krishna' (The One who is always blissful). Krishna is always in a state of bliss! Sage Garga thus, aptly named the child 'Krishna.' Sri Satya Sai Baba



Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:11 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Purpose of human life




Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room. Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos. At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon. Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.





The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life.



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