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Digest #4805
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Thu Nov 8, 2018 9:50 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Devotion is expressed through intention and attention, not just emotion and action

People often equate devotion with feel-good emotions or ritualistic actions. If they feel good while practicing bhakti or if they execute religious rituals diligently, they think they are devoted.

Yes, emotions and actions are important in devotion, but they alone don't comprise devotion – intention and attention are also important.

Complement emotion with intention:

When we practice bhakti, we may sometimes feel good and sometimes not. When worldly desires dominate our consciousness, our bhakti practices feel tasteless. How can we persevere in bhakti? By meditating on our core intention to develop a loving relationship with Krishna.

To help us solidify this devotional intention, Gita wisdom provides a philosophical framework. It explains that we are souls, parts of Krishna, meant to delight in eternal love for him. We can attain that love by practicing the process of bhakti-yoga.

Understanding how important cultivating devotion is, we won't stop practicing bhakti just because we don't feel like doing it – as we wouldn't stop doing our job because we don't feel like doing it.

When we complement emotion with intention, we bring steadiness into our connection with Krishna.

Complement action with attention:

Even when we practice bhakti-yoga steadily, we may still do it ritualistically – out of deference to cultural convention or religious tradition. But such ritualistic devotion is like going to work just to mark our attendance instead of working attentively to get things done. When we practice bhakti, we aren't meant to just mark our attendance at certain rituals; we are meant to invest our attention in doing them, knowing that these practices offer us precious opportunities to connect our consciousness with Krishna and to experience his presence.

When we thus connect ourselves internally by emotion and intention as well as externally by attentive action with Krishna, we attain him (Bhagavad-gita 08.07).

Think it over:

While cultivating devotion, why do we need to complement emotion with intention?

How can we strengthen our devotional intention?

While cultivating devotion, why do we need to complement action with attention?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/devotion-is-expressed-through-intention-and-attention-not-just-emotion-and-action/ https://www.gitadaily.com/devotion-is-expressed-through-intention-and-attention-not-just-emotion-and-action/

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:16 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Freedom is not just an opportunity – it is also a responsibility

Our culture celebrates freedom, yet it doesn't give the freedom to drive to those below the legal driving age. Why not? Because they may not have the intelligence to navigate complex traffic situations or the self-discipline to drive below the speed limit.

This example illustrates the importance of providing people resources to exercise their freedom responsibly. Otherwise, the very freedom that they seek as an opportunity may lead them into perplexity or even adversity, as when a teenager driving a car meets with an accident.

Therefore, while championing freedom as a cherished opportunity that everyone deserves, we need to also remember that freedom is a grave responsibility. And while seeking freedom for ourselves or sharing it with others, we need to equip others and ourselves with the resources to exercise that freedom responsibly.

The Bhagavad-gita illustrates this dual dynamic in approaching freedom. It (18.63) acknowledges that Arjuna is free to act as he desires, but it also urges him to first deliberate his options. How can he deliberate thus? By having a worldview that places his options in context. Indeed, the Gita provides him – and through him all of us – such a worldview that explains our place and purpose in the world, thereby revealing how to best use our free will.

The Gita explains that we all are eternal souls, parts of the divine, on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution. We can evolve when we use our free will in a mood of loving service to our divine source, Krishna. By serving him, we can find deep satisfaction and make significant contribution during our life-journey. And we can progress towards eternal love and joy.

When we thus see our various opportunities within that broader context, we can use our free will responsibly to make informed, intelligent decisions.

Think it over:

Why are children not given the right to drive?

What does the championing of freedom need to be balanced with? Why?

How does the Gita equip us to use our freedom responsibly?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/freedom-is-not-just-an-opportunity-it-is-also-a-responsibility/ https://www.gitadaily.com/freedom-is-not-just-an-opportunity-it-is-also-a-responsibility/

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:48 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Just because a memory can't be deleted doesn't mean that it has to be recalled

When we strive to grow in our life, our memories may hold us back. These memories may be about distressing times when we were victimized or betrayed. Or they may be about addictive desires that we have indulged in repeatedly.. When such memories keep arising in our consciousness and haunting us, we often feel especially helpless because we don't have any delete button to get rid of them.

How, then, can we deal with unhealthy memories? The same way our computer's antivirus software deals with virus files that can't be deleted; it quarantines them, ensuring that they aren't opened or activated.

Similarly, we can quarantine our unhealthy memories by choosing not to contemplate them. Contemplating a memory is like clicking a file. The Bhagavad-gita (02.62-63) indicates that contemplation on any stimuli activates an inner thought-chain that grows from perception through obsession to self-destructive action. Such distracting stimuli may arise externally from the world or internally from our mind.

Gita wisdom explains that we are different from our mind and its memories – we are souls, who exist at the spiritual level of reality. How can we become conscious of our spiritual identity? The best way is by practicing the process of bhakti-yoga, which directs our consciousness towards the supreme spiritual object, Krishna, the all-attractive whole whose eternal parts we are.

Bhakti-yoga also offers not just an attractive object for focusing, but also an inspiring purpose for living: to redefine all our activities as offerings of loving service to Krishna. Focusing on him through recollection internally and contribution externally gives us inner strength and satisfaction, thereby enabling us to distance ourselves from the mind's distractions.

When we thus focus on Krishna, our unhealthy memories get relegated to the background. Gradually, they disappear into oblivion as we become increasingly absorbed in devotion.

Think it over:

How can we deal with the memories that hold us back?

How does bhakti-yoga help us neglect unhealthy memories?

Which memory troubles you – how can you stop recollecting it?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/just-because-a-memory-cant-be-deleted-doesnt-mean-that-it-has-to-be-recalled/ https://www.gitadaily.com/just-because-a-memory-cant-be-deleted-doesnt-mean-that-it-has-to-be-recalled/

Thu Nov 8, 2018 9:59 pm (PST) . Posted by:


The evil deeds of the wicked and the good deeds and yearning of the righteous are responsible for the advent of Avatars. The Narasimha Avatar (God incarnating as half-man and half-lion) was due to the great devotion of Prahlada and the bad qualities of Hiranyakashipu (Prahlada's father). God descends in response to the yearning and actions of people. Here are two simple examples. Crops grown on the ground look up to the skies for rain. They cannot reach up to the clouds. So, the clouds come down in the form of rain to provide water to the crops. Another example: There is an infant crawling on the floor. It wants its mother but it cannot jump up to her. So, the mother bends down, takes the child and caresses it to make it happy. In the same manner, to offer relief to devotees, to nurture, protect and foster them, the Divine comes in the human form to give them joy. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:42 pm (PST) . Posted by:


The world is a manifestation of the three gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). When selfishness and self-interest are rampant, people forget kindness and compassion, when the forces of injustice, immorality and untruth grow to monstrous proportions and indulge in a death-dance, the Atmic principle, Divine Mother Shakti, takes on the Rajasic form to suppress and win over the dark forces of evil, and protect Sattvic qualities. This is the inner meaning of the Dasara festival. During the ten days of the Dasara Festival, ask yourself, has the Divine Mother destroyed the 10 demons (rakshasas) within you? Rakshasas are not demonic beings but wicked qualities. Arrogance, bad thoughts, lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride, envy, ego, and hatred are the demons that must be destroyed. You must decide for yourself whether you are now a Ravana or Rama according to your qualities! Embodiments of Divine Love! From today, lead your life with selfless love and live in peace and joy! Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:46 pm (PST) . Posted by:



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