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Digest #4815
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:01 pm (PST) . Posted by:


If we don't sleep at the right time, we will sleep at the wrong time

When practicing spiritual life, we may equate spiritual advancement with denying our bodily needs such as sleep. We may deprive ourselves of sleep to demonstrate our spiritual advancement.

However, spiritual advancement centers not on physical deprivation, but on spiritual absorption. To grow spiritually, we need to become conscious of our own spiritual identity and of the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna. The more we become lovingly absorbed in Krishna, the more we advance spiritually.

We can cultivate divine absorption by practicing bhakti-yoga. For such yoga practice, our body is a vital tool. It's like a vehicle; if it isn't fuelled, it can't function. Food and sleep are basic needs of the body. If we don't sleep adequately, we won't be able to think clearly or act properly – and we won't be able to practice yoga. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (06.17) states that even forest-dwelling yogis who have renounced the world need to be regulated in their sleeping. If we deprive ourselves of sleep, we will find ourselves sleeping at the wrong time, for example when we are studying scripture or chanting holy names – or, dangerously, when we are driving. If we sleep inadequately, our mind will go crazy. If we sleep excessively, our mind will become lazy. Either way, our mind won't be receptive to yoga practice.

Still, don't we need to restrict bodily gratification? Yes, but gratifying the body is different from caring for it. Gratifying the body is like getting so obsessed with the car that we forget about driving to our destination. When we are balanced, we don't pander to the body so much that we forget our spiritual purpose; but we keep it fit to pursue our spiritual purpose.

To conclude, don't deprive the body – and don't let the body deprive the soul.

Think it over:

What happens to us physically if we don't sleep at the right time?

What happens to us mentally if we sleep inadequately or excessively?

What is the difference between gratifying the body and caring for the body?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/if-we-dont-sleep-at-the-right-time-we-will-sleep-at-the-wrong-time/ https://www.gitadaily.com/if-we-dont-sleep-at-the-right-time-we-will-sleep-at-the-wrong-time/

Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:26 pm (PST) . Posted by:


The human body is like a chariot and the Atma (Soul) is the charioteer. The many million bodies in the Universe may have different forms and names. But the Atma(Soul) is one and the same. It is essential to recognise the unity that underlies the apparent diversity. For instance, hunger is common to all, though the food through which it is appeased may vary from an emperor to a beggar. Likewise, joy and grief, birth and death are common to all. Atma is common to everyone. Recognising this oneness, you must engage in service. Service as an act of Dharma (righteous duty) can be offered only by the one who is pure in heart, selfless and equal-minded towards everyone (Samatva). All opportunities of service should be regarded as an offering to God and every opportunity to serve should be welcomed as a gift from God. When you serve in this spirit, in due course, it will lead you to attain self-realisation. Sri Satya Sai Baba

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