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Digest #4812
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:37 am (PST) . Posted by:


The thought that we can never give up temptation is also a temptation

Suppose an invading army infiltrates a defending army with a spy. And that spy disheartens the defending soldiers, telling them that their forces are too tiny and the opposing forces are too mighty. If they believe that infiltrator, they will give up even before the war begins.

Similarly, when the forces of illusion attack us, they infiltrate our consciousness with a dangerous emotion: hopelessness. The same forces that attack us externally by presenting alluring sense objects also attack us internally as an inner naysayer: "You are too weak. This temptation is too powerful. You will succumb, sooner or later. Then, why struggle? Just give up."

Indeed, making us hopeless is a fatal attack of the forces of illusion. In our battle against those forces, we never lose till we lose hope. But if we lose hope, then we quit and lose even if we are in a winning position.

How can we protect ourselves from this insidious inner attack? By reminding ourselves that hopelessness is not just an emotion, but also a temptation.. Pertinently, the Gita (18.35) indicates that self-sabotaging emotions arise from the lowest mode of material nature. And hopelessness is a sinisterly self-sabotaging emotion.

How can we resist the temptation to feel hopeless? By raising our vision from our tempters to our deliverer – from various tempting objects to the supreme transcendental object, God, Krishna. He is all-pure, all-loving, all-merciful. Even if we succumb to the worst of wrongdoings, he still stands ready to purify and rectify us (09.30-31). He offers everyone, without discrimination, the potent purificatory process of bhakti-yoga (09.32-33).

When we connect devotionally with Krishna, we access an unending fountain of hope. That hope energizes us to persevere in our inner war, till we ultimately rise beyond temptation to joyous absorption in our all-attractive Lord.

Think it over:

How is the feeling of hopelessness an attack of the forces of illusion?

How can we resist the temptation to feel hopeless?

In our inner war, how can hope energize us?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/the-thought-that-we-can-never-give-up-temptation-is-also-a-temptation/ https://www.gitadaily.com/the-thought-that-we-can-never-give-up-temptation-is-also-a-temptation/

Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:06 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Focus not on the wrongdoer; focus on the ultimate doer

When somebody treats us unfairly and hurtfully, we naturally feel angry, even vengeful. But such an attitude traps us in negativity, whereby we hurt ourselves more than anyone else.

To break free from such self-sabotaging negativity, Gita wisdom recommends that we focus not on the wrongdoer, but on the ultimate doer. The ultimate doer is Krishna, whose overarching plan is for everyone's all-round well-being. By acting in a mood of service to him, we can assist in furthering his plan. Additionally and much more significantly for our context, he is expert enough to further his plan even through wrongdoer's misdeeds, provided we focus on our right deeds: on striving to serve Krishna devotionally.

This mood is demonstrated by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. They underwent horrendous atrocities: attempts were made on their life through poisoning and arson; they were defrauded of all their wealth; and their wife was publically dishonored. Even after subjecting them to such pain, their tormenter, Duryodhana, was neither remorseful nor conciliatory. His brazenness made war inevitable.

In the ensuing war, the Pandavas fought vigorously, but not vindictively. Guiding them towards such a mood, the Gita (11.33) urges Arjuna to fight, but only as an instrument of the divine. This mood is explicated later in the same chapter (11.55): those who work without any animosity towards others attain Krishna.

Therefore, instead of obsessing over wrongdoers, we can lift our vision to the ultimate doer and pray for guidance, "Krishna, what are you trying to teach me through this? How do you want me to serve you in this situation? Right now, how can I take a positive step ahead?"

By such a prayerful attitude, we will discover invaluable lessons, develop divine virtues and deepen our transcendental devotion, thereby growing towards a life of eternal love with Krishna.

Think it over:

What is wrong with focusing on wrongdoers?

Krishna is the ultimate doer – what does this mean?

How can we focus on the ultimate doer?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/focus-not-on-the-wrongdoer-focus-on-the-ultimate-doer/ https://www.gitadaily.com/focus-not-on-the-wrongdoer-focus-on-the-ultimate-doer/

Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:24 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Do not get elated at the riches, status, authority, intelligence, etc., which you may have. Consider that they have been given to you on trust, so that you may benefit others. They are all signs of His Grace, opportunities of service, and symbols of responsibility. Deal sympathetically with the mistakes of others. Seek the good in others, hear only good tidings about them, and do not give ear to scandal. There is this Kaliya episode during the Krishna Avatar. The inner meaning of that is: The serpent Kaliya and its minions are the desires that lurk in the depths of the heart; into that depth the Lord jumps, or rather showers His Grace and the poison is expelled, and the place made safe and pure. When Krishna dances on the hoods, the serpents are tamed and rendered harmless. Without the extinction of desire, one cannot become Divine. Of what avail is it to repeat Shivoham, Shivoham (I am Shiva) when you have not endeavoured to equip yourself with the qualities of Shiva? Sri Satya Sai Baba

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