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Digest #4809


Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:12 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Being a wizard brings the hazard of belittling others as dullards

Whenever we are wizards at something – superb at doing that thing – our ability can raise us to great heights. While we certainly need to do justice to our talents, we also need to guard against the hazard of dubbing others as dullards, that is, of minimizing them for not being as talented as us.

When we brush others off arrogantly, that arrogance can alienate them, and they may resentfully pull us down or at least not let us rise. The capacity of our work to reach others depends on our network, the connections we have with others, especially those with influence.

The Bhagavad-gita (16.04) stresses the self-obsession of the demoniac by referring to three of their defining qualities: pride, conceit and arrogance.. In being obsessed with trying to show off their abilities and prove their superiority over others, they end up alienating others.

To avoid deriding or dismissing others as dullards, we need to see with spiritual vision, thereby seeing our talents as not our entitlements, but as endowments. Entitlement means to think that we deserve our talents because they are ours. Endowment means to see that our talents are gifts given to us.

The Bhagavad-gita (07.08) states that he is ability in human beings. Whatever abilities we have are gifts given by Krishna to us. With this vision, we can be honest in acknowledging that we have certain talents, but also be humble by acknowledging that they are gifts that we use to the best of our capacity. Instead of using them to look down and snub others, we use given to make a contribution in a mood of service. Then those talents will not increase our ego, but will ensure that we develop deeper relationship with others and we move closer to Krishna, thereby moving towards all-round fulfillment.

Think it over:

How does our self-obsession alienate others?

How can we change our vision of our talents?

What is the fruit of using our talents in a mood of service?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/being-a-wizard-brings-the-hazard-of-belittling-others-as-dullards/ https://www.gitadaily.com/being-a-wizard-brings-the-hazard-of-belittling-others-as-dullards/

Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:09 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Going off-course is not the problem; staying off-course is

Suppose a plane flies from Los Angeles to New York. During 90% of its flight time, it is off-course. Why? Because of its own momentum and the atmospheric conditions.

How, then, does the plane get to its destination? By the pilot's repeated reorientation.

During our life-journey, we are like the pilot and our mind is like our plane – it keeps going off-course. We may resolve to do something, but the mind proposes a hundred other things. And it proposes so subtly and swiftly that even before we realize what is happening, we start acting according to its proposition. When we find ourselves repeatedly going off-course, we may become disheartened and feel like quitting.

Encouragingly, Gita wisdom stresses that going off-course is not a problem; getting distracted is just the expected behavior of the mind, for it is fickle and restless (Bhagavad-gita 06.26). We need to expect the mind's wandering and prepare for it. How? By resolving to patiently and persistently get it back on course.

However, we sabotage ourselves if become disheartened and stay off-course. We may think that we have a particularly devilish mind and are therefore doomed. To counter such negativity, we can remind ourselves that the mind's wandering is nothing personal against us; it is just its own nature.. Consequently, repeated reorientation is just a functional requirement of our mental mechanism – as it is an airplane's requirement too.

Such refocusing becomes easier when we have something attractive to focus on. The Gita's bhakti wisdom offers us the most attractive object: the all-attractive supreme person, Krishna. When we practice bhakti-yoga, we focus not so much on controlling the mind as on connecting with Krishna, and therein relish higher satisfaction. Thereby, our endeavor for self-mastery stops being so exhausting and starts becoming enriching, and we energetically march towards self-mastery.

Think it over:

How does the mind take us off-course?

How does the Gita change our vision of our mind's repeated wandering?

How does bhakti-yoga energize us in our attempts for self-mastery?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/going-off-course-is-not-the-problem-staying-off-course-is/ https://www.gitadaily.com/going-off-course-is-not-the-problem-staying-off-course-is/

Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:48 am (PST) . Posted by:


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The nature of devotion ( Bhakti) - 2 Durga Prasada Rao Chilakamarthi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObTypiB0RHENlJINblr_-w

1. मार्गावर्तितपादुका पशुपतेरङ्गस्य कुर्चायते गण्डूषाम्बुनिषेचनं पुररिपो र्दिव्याभिषेकायते किञ्चिद्भक्षितमांसशेषकबलं नव्योपहारायते भक्ति: किं न करोत्यहो! वनचरो भक्तावतंसायते 1. सा त्वस्मिन् परमप्रेमरुपा (sa tvasmin paramapremarupa) . Narada. 2.परानुरक्तिरीश्वरे ( paranuraktih Ishware) . The highest attachment to God. (Sandilya). Sankaracharya 1.अङ्कोलं निजबीजसन्तति:,2.अयस्कान्तोपलं सूचिका 3. साध्वी नैजविभुं, 4. लता क्षितिरुहं, 5.. सिन्धुस्सरिद्वल्लभम् || प्राप्नोतीह यथा तथा पशुपते: पादारविन्दद्वयं चेतोवृत्तिरुपेत्य तिष्ठति सदा सा भक्तिरित्युच्यते || (शिवानन्दलहरी) १.अङ्कोलं निजबीजसन्तति: (Ankola and its seeds) Just as the seeds of Ankola tree ( Alangium hexapetalam ) २. अयस्कान्तोपलं सूचिका (The magnet and the needle) A needle is attracted to the magnet— -३. साध्वी नैजविभुम् (Chaste woman and her husband) the devoted wife to her husband.. ४. लता क्षितिरुहम् (Creeper and tree) The creeper to the tree… ५. सिन्धुस्सरिद्वल्लभम् (River and ocean) River reaches the ocean – In the similar manner, when the mental attitude seeks the lotus feet of Pasupati (GOD) and remains steady there, that state of mind is called Bhakti. ఏ వేదంబు పఠి౦చె లూత, భుజగం బేశాస్త్రముల్ సూచె, తా నేవిద్యాభ్యసన౦బొనర్చెకరి, చె౦చేమంత్రమూహించె, బో ధావిర్భావ నిధానముల్ చదువులయ్యా ! కావు నీపాద స౦ సేవాసక్తియె గాక జంతుతతికిన్ శ్రీకాళహస్తీశ్వరా!

Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:46 pm (PST) . Posted by:


With the Name as the very breath of your life, you must engage in all life's activities, with no fear of a fall. If you make good use of chanting the Lord's Name, your life will be sanctified. Whatever work you undertake, do it as an offering to God, chanting His Name. Even while you are walking, think that it is God who is making you walk, since Divinity is present in a subtle form in every atom and cell in this Universe.. Unable to recognise this truth, people think, 'I came by walk, I walked so many miles, etc.' Such work comes under the physical realm, not spiritual. Hence whatever you think, speak or do, do it befittingly, considering every work as God's command and God's work. With that attitude chant any divine name wholeheartedly and sanctify your life. Then every activity you undertake will be successful. Sri Satya Sai Baba

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