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Digest #4666
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Fri May 18, 2018 9:43 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Time can repeat for you nothing but Love when Love becomes your only residue. When one thing only is repeated at every place and time it then becomes a constancy filling all Time and Space and thus annihilating both. (Mikhail Naimy)

जब तुम्हारे पास केवल प्रेम ही बाकी रह जाता है तो समय तुम्हारे लिये प्रेम के सिवाय ओर कुछ नहीं दोहरा सकता। जब हर जगह और वक्त पर एक चीज़ दोहराई जाती है तो वह एक नित्यता बन जाती है जो सम्पूर्ण समय और स्थान में व्याप्त हो जाती है और इस प्रकार इन दोनों के अस्तित्व को ही मिटा देती है।

Fri May 18, 2018 9:55 am (PDT) . Posted by:


[vedānta-dharma] Raising Children in Single-Parent Homes (Resulting from Divorce)

hariH om.

Following up from last week, I was requested to share inputs on family dynamics and the effect of raising children in single-parent homes.

1. Let me start off by saying some very extraordinary people I know have been raised by single mothers or fathers; they've had an excellent upbringing, and attained success in various fields in life.

2. If we look at historical figures, such is also the case with Bhagavatpada Sri Adi Shankaracharya, or the story of Satyakama and Jabala, or even our Pujya Swamiji, who lost his father at the tender age of 8, but was successfully raised by his mother, who definitely had a huge role to play in his eventual greatness. This is not in dispute whatsoever. So my salutations to all single parents who put in twice the effort to raise their children well.

3. That said, the data presented below focus on single-parenthood as a consequence of divorce stemming from domestic issues, not untimely death of either parent. Hence it excludes widowed mothers or widower fathers.

- 63 per cent of suicides nationwide are individuals from single-parent families.

- 75 per cent of children in chemical dependency hospitals are from single-parent families.

- More than 50% of all youths incarcerated in U.S. prisons lived in single-parent families as a child

The numbers provide indisputable confirmation for what we knew to be true in a 'common sense' way, that the role of BOTH parents is imperative in the life and upbringing of a child. The data merely provides insight into just how much. The masculine and feminine counterpart provide a nourishing balance for a growing child. Keeping the family structure intact is the greatest offering to an offspring.

The above pertains to the U.S. I do not have data for India, and though I expect there to be similar patterns and overlaps, I'll refrain from sticking my nose out until I see the actual figures. :)

4. An additional conclusion one may draw from reading between the lines is that the delinquency rates of single-parent raised children may be contributed by anomalies resulting from Family Disputes that 'led' to single parent homes, just as much as the actual single-parent upbringing itself.. How much weight to give to either factor is impossible to conclude given what we know, though I would lean more toward domestic instabilities to be a greater causative factor among the two.

5. When I shared this on Social Media, there were some who stepped up to cite exceptions. Exceptions are not the norm. If there is data to suggest that smoking causes cancer, it would be incorrigible to point at someone's grandfather saying "he's been smoking his whole life and lived to be 95". Anecdotes and individualization of generic accounts are among the poorest form of evidence. I don't mean to be cavalier about this, but it's a fact.

Each of us, too, are an exception in one way or another. As an Indian living abroad, I am an exception (as Indians constitute only 1% of Americans). But that doesn't say much about the general population, so we have to be clear about the risk of personalizing things. Statistics are comprised of multiple individual accounts but no single one of those accounts can be extrapolated in any way to the entire population.

6. If people throw plates and dishes at each other, it is going to hurt their children, and I don't mean in a physical sense. Growing up in a broken family and being fought over like a possession in court over custody battles is not a pleasant experience. At all.

7. One should actively work out kinks in their family dynamics (when possible) on a regular basis, in order to prevent eventual calamities when the problems get too large, as this may impact their children adversely. One must do whatever they can to bring love, understanding and harmony into their home life. That is the high level 'What question'. The 'How' can be discussed separately.

Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>



Fri May 18, 2018 9:59 am (PDT) . Posted by:


If we let our mundane desires drive us, they will drive us mad

To be conscious is to be desirous – our desires naturally drive our perceptions and actions. While traveling, when we desire to eat something, we naturally look for a restaurant.

However, to be conscious also means to be discerning: to discern which desires to accept and which to neglect. If we have diabetes, we will get sugar-free food, even if we see many tempting deserts.

However, desires can degrade our discerning faculty by first sneaking into our consciousness and then taking a driving place there. The Bhagavad-gita (02.62-63) cautions that whenever we contemplate a desirable sense object, that desire can gain such energy and momentum as to knock over our intelligence and conscience, and finally knock us over. With our intelligence and conscience sidelined, we act like mad, doing unconscionable things that we would normally never do. In retrospect, we may see such behavior as absurd, stupid, mad.

Consider a student preparing for an important upcoming exam. While studying, they get a casual desire to watch a video. Giving in, they watch one video, then another and then yet another – till that trivial surfing consumes all their study time. Later, when the consequences hit them, they view their thoughtless indulgence as insane.

We all are vulnerable to similar spells of insanity – just our distracting desires may be different. How can we protect ourselves from such madness? By preventing our mundane desires from becoming our driving desires.. As we are always driven by our desires, we need to position our higher desires as our driving desires.

By studying the Bhagavad-gita and practicing bhakti-yoga, we get the intellectual conviction and devotional purification to install the desire to serve Krishna as our life's driving desire. When we are thus spiritually driven, our mundane desires won't be able to drive us mad.

Read more http://www.gitadaily.com/if-we-let-our-mundane-desires-drive-us-they-will-drive-us-mad/ http://www.gitadaily.com/if-we-let-our-mundane-desires-drive-us-they-will-drive-us-mad/

Fri May 18, 2018 10:07 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Chapter I: The Yoga of Arjuna's Despondancy

I.13. Then (following Bhishma), conchs and kettledrums, tabors, drums, and cow-horns blared forth quite suddenly (from the Kaurava side) and the sound was tremendous.

I.14. Then, also, Madhava(Krisna) and the son of Pandu (Arjuna), seated in the magnificent chariot, yoked with white horses, blew their divine conch shells.

Fri May 18, 2018 10:45 am (PDT) . Posted by:


विहाय कामान्यः सर्वान्पुमांश्चरति निःस्पृहः।

निर्ममो निरहंकारः स शांतिमधिगच्छति।।2.71।।

विहाय abandoning कामान् desires यः that सर्वान् all पुमान् man चरति moves about निःस्पृहः free from longing निर्ममः devoid of mineness निरहंकारः without egoism सः he शान्तिम् to peace अधिगच्छति attains.

విహాయ కామాన్యః సర్వాన్పుమాంశ్చరతి నిఃస్పృహః.

నిర్మమో నిరహంకారః స శాంతిమధిగచ్ఛతి৷৷2.71৷৷

విహాయ abandoning కామాన్ desires యః that సర్వాన్ all పుమాన్ man చరతి moves about నిఃస్పృహః free from longing నిర్మమః devoid of 'mine-ness&#39; నిరహంకారః without egoism సః he శాన్తిమ్ to peace అధిగచ్ఛతి attains.

Commentary: That man who lives destitute of longing, abandoning all desires, without the senses of 'I' and 'mine', who is satisfied with the bare necessities of life, who does not care even for those bare necessities of life, who has no attachment even for the bare necessities of life, attains Moksha or eternal peace.

एषा ब्राह्मी स्थितिः पार्थ नैनां प्राप्य विमुह्यति।

स्थित्वाऽस्यामन्तकालेऽपि ब्रह्मनिर्वाणमृच्छति।।2.72।।

एषा this ब्राह्मी of Brahmic स्थितिः state पार्थ O Partha न not एनाम् this प्राप्य having obtained विमुह्यति is deluded स्थित्वा being established अस्याम् in this अन्तकाले at the end of life अपि even ब्रह्मनिर्वाणम् oneness with Brahman ऋच्छति attains.

ఏషా బ్రాహ్మీ స్థితిః పార్థ నైనాం ప్రాప్య విముహ్యతి.

స్థిత్వాస్యామన్తకాలేపి బ్రహ్మనిర్వాణమృచ్ఛతి৷৷2.72৷৷

ఏషా this బ్రాహ్మీ of Brahmic స్థితిః state పార్థ O Partha న not ఏనామ్ this ప్రాప్య having obtained విముహ్యతి is deluded స్థిత్వా being established అస్యామ్ in this అన్తకాలే at the end of life అపి even బ్రహ్మనిర్వాణమ్ oneness with Brahman ఋచ్ఛతి attains.

Commentary : The state described in the previous verse -- to renounce everything and to live in Brahman -- is the Brahmic state or the state of Brahman. If one attains to this state one is never deluded. He attains Moksha if he stays in that state even at the hour of his death. It is needless to say that he who gets established in Brahman throughout his life attains to the state of Brahman or, Brahma Nirvana. Maharshi Vidyaranya says in his Panchadasi that Antakala here means the moment at which Avidya or mutual superimposition of the Self and the not-Self ends.Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the second discourse entitled The Sankhya Yoga.

Fri May 18, 2018 6:52 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


अर्जुन उवाच
ज्यायसी चेत्कर्मणस्ते मता बुद्धिर्जनार्दन।
तत्किं कर्मणि घोरे मां नियोजयसि केशव।।3.1।।
ज्यायसी superior चेत् if कर्मणः than action ते by Your मता thought बुद्धिः knowledge जनार्दन O Janardana तत् then किम् why कर्मणि in action घोरे terrible माम् me नियोजयसि You engage केशव O Kesava.
అర్జున ఉవాచ
జ్యాయసీ చేత్కర్మణస్తే మతా బుద్ధిర్జనార్దన.
తత్కిం కర్మణి ఘోరే మాం నియోజయసి కేశవ৷৷3.1৷৷
జ్యాయసీ superior చేత్ if కర్మణః than action తే by Your మతా thought బుద్ధిః knowledge జనార్దన O Janardana తత్ then కిమ్ why కర్మణి in action ఘోరే terrible మామ్ me నియోజయసి You engage? కేశవ O Kesava.
Arjuna said If You think that knowledge is superior to action, O Krishna, why then, O Kesava, do You ask me to engage in this terrible action?

व्यामिश्रेणेव वाक्येन बुद्धिं मोहयसीव मे।

तदेकं वद निश्िचत्य येन श्रेयोऽहमाप्नुयाम्।।3.2।।

व्यामिश्रेण perplexing इव as it were वाक्येन with speech बुद्धिम् understanding मोहयसि (You) confuse इव as it were मे my तत् that एकम् one वद tell निश्चित्य for certain येन by which श्रेयः bliss (the good or the highest) अहम् आप्नुयाम् may attain.

వ్యామిశ్రేణేవ వాక్యేన బుద్ధిం మోహయసీవ మే.

తదేకం వద నిశ్ిచత్య యేన శ్రేయోహమాప్నుయామ్৷৷3.2৷৷

వ్యామిశ్రేణ perplexing ఇవ as it were వాక్యేన with speech బుద్ధిమ్ understanding మోహయసి (You) confuses ఇవ as it were మే my తత్ that ఏకమ్ one వద tell నిశ్చిత్య for certain యేన by which శ్రేయః bliss (the good or the highest) అహమ్ ఆప్నుయామ్ may attain.

You bewilder and confuse my understanding, as it were, by a seemingly conflicting statement! Tell me for certain one of these (knowledge or action) by which I may attain the highest Good.

Fri May 18, 2018 7:39 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


For the Lord, this drama of time in three acts - past, present, and future is clear as crystal. In the twinkle of an eye, He grasps all three, for He is omniscient, and it is His plan that is executed, and His drama that is being enacted on the stage of creation. But, actors and spectators are lost in confusion, unable to surmise its development and meaning! For, how can one scene or act reveal its meaning? The entire play must be witnessed for the story to reveal itself – isn't it? When the mystery is cleared and the play is discovered as 'mere play', conviction dawns that you are in Him and He is in you. Therefore, seekers of wisdom, always be conscious of this: The Lord is in every heart, in the subtle and the gross forms. The Divine is in the ant and the elephant, in atom and the atmosphere!

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