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Digest #4755
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:29 am (PDT) . Posted by:


If the other person laughs at you, you can pity him; but if you laugh at him you may never forgive yourself. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. (Kahlil Gibran)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:56 am (PDT) . Posted by:


"Evil was said of Lord Krishna, Lord Siva, Lord Rama and Sita. The world abounds with scandal-mongers and mischief-mongers. Let these creatures of malice continue their noble work ceaselessly. Be not afraid. You cannot correct the Tamasic portion of this world. This world is like the tail of a dog. Continue your Yoga Sadhana vigorously, rise above Dvandvas or the pairs of opposites and rest in your own Sat-Chit-Ananda Svaroopa." – Swami Sivananda

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:20 am (PDT) . Posted by:


No matter what tasks we are performing, teach us to feel the divine under-current, the hidden river of bliss, ever flowing beneath the sands of our myriad thoughts and the rocky soil of our difficulties. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:


What is Mind

by Sri Swami Sivananda

Mind is the cause for bondage and freedom of man. A mind that is filled with impure Vasanas tends to bondage; whereas a mind that is destitute of Vasanas tends to freedom. Mind is no mind when the Vasanas are destroyed. You become mindless. When you become mindless, intuition dawns and you are endowed with the eye of wisdom. You enjoy indescribable peace.

Mind is Vasanamaya. This world is Vasanamaya Jagat. Mind clings to sensual objects through Vasanas and constantly thinks of objects. If the Vasanas perish, the mind ceases thinking of objects and we attain the state of thoughtlessness.

One of the most common habits of mind is the wandering habit. It cannot stick to one point as it is of the nature of air. Sri Krishna says, "O mighty armed (Arjuna)! The mind is hard to curb and is restless; but it may be curbed by constant practice and by dispassion."

Destruction of desires and control of Indriyas are the essential steps for the control of mind. It is the desire that makes the mind restless. The Indriyas run after objects and the mind also follows the Indriyas just as a dog follows the master. Therefore if you want to check this wandering mind, you will have to renounce all sorts of desires and control the Indriyas first. Then alone will you be successful in the practice of concentration, meditation, will-culture, memory-culture and thought-culture.

The vital point in concentration is to bring the mind to the same point or object again and again by limiting its movement in a small circle in the beginning. That is the main aim. A time will come when the mind will stick to one point alone This is the fruit of your constant and protracted Sadhana.. There should be one line of thought. There should be one continuity of thought like the steady flow of oil from one vessel to another vessel, like the continuous sound of a church bell.

You must be regular in your practice of meditation. You must sit daily both morning and night and at the same hours. The meditative mood or Sattvic Bhava will manifest by itself without exertion. You must sit in the same place, in the same room. Regularity in meditation is a great desideratum and a sine qua non.

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Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:54 am (PDT) . Posted by:


DARSHAN OF THE MOTHER: When the Master was in Swarg Ashram during his days of Sadhana, there was a neighbour of his called Rajarajeswarananda, who was a worshipper of the Divine Mother. His worship of Devi went on for twelve years, but he attained no perfection. On the day of a Durga Puja, the Swami longed to worship the Goddess with silk and ornaments, but he had no money. The day before the worship was to begin, there was a knock on his door. He opened and saw some Punjabi girls. Each one carried a plateful of silk cloths, fruit, ornaments and money.
"Swami Sivanandaji, your neighbour, asked us to give these articles to you for your Navaratri Puja," they said.
Rajarajeswarananda believed their words and accepted the gifts.
"Whose plates are these?" he asked.
"They belong to the almshouse," replied the maidens, taking back the empty plates and departing from the place.
The Swami could not contain himself. He went to the Master's hut. It was, as usual, bolted from within. He knocked. The Master opened the door.
"Who were those Punjabi ladies, Swamiji?"
"Which ladies?"
"Those that you sent to me with ornaments and silk cloths for the Durga Puja."
"I did not send anyone!"
Rajarajeswarananda was mystified. He ran to the office of the alms-house. The maidens were not there!
With tears in his eyes Rajarajeswarananda himself narrated the above incident to a friend.
"I had been doing intense Sadhana for the vision of the Mother for so many years. This Swami Sivanandaji, for all that I know, knew no Tantrik spiritual practice. And yet, when the Mother did choose to grace me with a sight, it was at Sivanandaji's prompting! She gave me ornaments and silk cloths and gave him Self-realisation."

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:12 am (PDT) . Posted by:


You are referring to the gift of food as Anna-dana. But no one has the authority to give in charity what has been given by God or be proud of it or even to feel that they have given something in charity. God gave rains, fostered the sapling and ripened the grain; what right have you to call it yours and give it in charity? It is not dana (charity) that you do; you are only offering gratitude to God! You are sanctifying the grain you have harvested by offering the food prepared out of it to Gods in human form (Narayanas)! So call it Narayana Seva! That will be more correct. Each one of you is a limb in the body called the Universe. Do your work without a murmur; work in full cooperation with all. The Universe will be healthy and happy only then. Love and love alone can bind you to others and to God, who is the very embodiment of love. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:27 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Since you can't swim across a flooded stream, you board a raft. So also, since you can't master the Formless, you resort to the Form with attributes and struggle to swim across to the Formless through worship and contemplation. But can you remain forever on the raft, amidst the currents and whirlpools? You must discard this conventional worship some day and reach the shore. Worship is just a means of educating the emotions. Human impulses and emotions have to be guided and controlled. Just as the raging waters of the Godavari river have to be curbed by dikes, halted by dams, tamed by canals, and led quietly to the ocean which can swallow all floods without a trace, so too the age-long instincts in you have to be trained and transmuted by contact with higher ideals and powers. When the fruit is ripe, it will fall off the branch of its own accord. Similarly, when renunciation saturates your heart, you lose contact with the world and slip into the lap of the Lord.

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:15 am (PDT) . Posted by:


The mind is like a window that unpredictably changes into a TV

Suppose we are at an acquaintance's house and are gazing out of the window at the beautiful greenery. Suddenly we see a giant gorilla glaring at us, with hands upraised to smash the window and charge into the house. Alarmed, we look at our host and find them grinning. They press a button on the remote and the gorilla disappears.

They explain that the window is designed in such a way that it can double as a TV screen. And for amusement, they have created a video clip that shows a gorilla in the same background as the background seen through the window.

We all have a similar dual-function screen within us: our own mind. The Bhagavad-gita (15.09) indicates that the mind is like a screen that receives and integrates inputs from the various senses. It is meant to act like a window to the outer world.

However, the mind is restless and wild. That is, it can suddenly change into a TV that starts showing something phantasmagorical, say, a horror movie of all the things that may go wrong in future. The Gita (06.26) urges that wherever and whenever the mind wanders, we bring it back under the control of the self. In terms of the screen metaphor, this verse implies that we alertly discern whenever the mind starts functioning like a TV.

Additionally, if we are doing some important work, we won't pay much attention to what's on TV. Gita wisdom provides us stimulating spiritual engagement: loving service to the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. As we are Krishna's eternal parts, such engagement is our eternal nature.

When we strive to cultivate devotional absorption in Krishna's service, we become empowered to neglect the mind's distractions – not just by seeking vigilant self-awareness but also by relishing higher spiritual satisfaction.

Think it over:

How is the mind meant to be like a window?

How does the mind suddenly change from a window to a TV?

How can we neglect the mind's distractions?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/the-mind-is-like-a-window-that-unpredictably-changes-into-a-tv/ https://www.gitadaily.com/the-mind-is-like-a-window-that-unpredictably-changes-into-a-tv/

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:24 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Even if we have to live with pain, we don't have to live in pain

To live with pain means that pain is present within our consciousness; to live in pain means that pain dominates our consciousness, infecting our whole life with emotional negativity.

Suppose we have chronic back-pain that oscillates between acute and mild. While it is mild, if we still dwell on it, resenting its past occurrences or dreading its future recurrences, we end up living in pain. How can we avoid dwelling on the pain? By focusing on a purpose bigger than the pain.

If our life's purpose is bodily enjoyment, bodily pain becomes unbearable. But if we have a higher purpose, that purpose makes the pain bearable. While lifting weights during a workout, we may feel some pain, but we persevere through it. How? By focusing on the purpose of improving our health.

The Bhagavad-gita (13.21) indicates that the world's cause-effect mechanisms determine external events; but how we experience those events – joyful or painful or in between – is determined by where our consciousness is focused. And that focus is determined by our purpose.

Gita wisdom reveals life's highest purpose based on our deepest identity. It explains that at our core, we are souls. We are eternal parts of the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna. Our highest purpose is to love and serve him, and to therein relish unending joy. Our body is a tool for his service – even if it limits us in some ways, we can still serve him through our intention expressed within those limitations. When we make his service our life's defining and driving purpose, then that service attitude itself becomes our steady connection with him.

When we thus center our consciousness on Krishna, it becomes bigger than any pains we may face, thereby enabling us to live with pain without living in pain.

Think it over:

What is the difference between living with pain and living in pain?

How does Gita wisdom help us to live with pain instead of living in pain?

Can you think of some area of life where you can rise from living in pain to living with pain?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/even-if-we-have-to-live-with-pain-we-dont-have-to-live-in-pain/ https://www.gitadaily.com/even-if-we-have-to-live-with-pain-we-dont-have-to-live-in-pain/

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