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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna

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Sun Sep 2, 2018 12:54 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

"Lord Krishna was the Purna Avatara with 16 Kalas. Every word of His teachings and every act of His was full of sublime object lessons of momentous import to humanity. Study His teachings to Uddhava. Drink the nectar of Srimad Bhagavata. Sing His glories. Repeat His grand mantra OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Do total self-surrender unto Him. You will soon attain union with Him." – Swami Sivananda



Sun Sep 2, 2018 8:52 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Things fall in place if we keep the mind in place




Suppose we come to our house and find everything out of place. We may start yelling at the person in-charge of housekeeping, demanding that things be put back the way they were. But if we become calm enough to hear them, they may inform us that they are renovating the room. And if we wait, we find that the things were put out of place only to be put back in a better place..




In life, we sometimes feel that nothing is in its place – none of our plans are working; people whom we trusted are betraying us; even our own abilities are deserting us. While such times are distressing, they become devastating if our mind goes out of place, making us panicky or paralyzed. When panicky, it impels us to over-react, aggravating our problems. When paralyzed, it obstructs us in our attempts to take remedial measures.




How can we keep our mind in place? By keeping it on Krishna's plan – and, more specifically, on our purpose within that plan. Gita wisdom explains that we are souls who are eternal parts of Krishna and are meant to lovingly serve him in a lasting bond of love. He is our greatest well-wisher. He has a bigger plan that remains operational even when our smaller plan has fallen part. By his plan, he can bring good even out of the bad – we just need to do our part by serving him. The Bhagavad-gita assures that if we stay connected with Krishna, we relish a sublime peace that life's upheavals can't steal (06.07)




Thus, amidst reversals, if we keep our mind in place – in Krishna's service – we will find that his plan will gradually become manifest, showing how things fall back in place, often in a better place..




Think it over:




If our mind goes out of place, how does that make things worse?

How can we keep our mind in place?

What is the benefit of keeping our mind in place?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/things-fall-in-place-if-we-keep-the-mind-in-place/ https://www.gitadaily.com/things-fall-in-place-if-we-keep-the-mind-in-place/



Sun Sep 2, 2018 4:00 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

See weakness as woundedness, not wickedness




Suppose our hand is fractured, thereby weakening its connection with our arm. Then our capacity to move it according to our will decreases. And if someone else pushes it forcefully, they can make it move according to their will.




Similar is the condition of people whom we often consider wicked. Gita wisdom emphasizes that they are driven by something other than themselves: self-destructive forces residing within them. These forces – which include lust, anger and greed – misdirect their innate search for pleasure towards worldly things. The more they give in to these forces and indulge in worldly pleasures, the stronger these forces become and the lesser becomes their capacity to resist. Thus, these forces become their weaknesses..




Moreover, these strengthened self-destructive forces impel them to actions that are increasingly reproachable, till they start acting wickedly. However, they aren't wicked; they are wounded. Their wound is that they are disconnected from the omnipotent supreme, Krishna. At their core, they are pure souls, parts of all-pure Krishna (15.07). Because of their disconnection from Krishna, they are like the fractured hand – they aren't strong enough to resist the self-destructive forces that impel them to act wickedly. If they connect with omnipotent Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga, they can be healed and strengthened, thereby reforming themselves.




If, however, they start working for those vicious forces, showing no remorse for their misdeeds, they need to be duly disciplined. Such disciplining is like surgery; they need strong intervention to prevent their wound from worsening and to prevent them from wounding others.




We can apply the preceding analysis to ourselves too. When we succumb to our weaknesses, we needn't lose heart; instead, we can take heart by understanding that we are wounded, not wicked. And we can determinedly connect with the Whole who is ever eager and equipped to heal us fully and forever.




Think it over:




How do self-destructive forces make us weak?

How are those who act wickedly actually wounded, not wicked?

When we succumb to our weaknesses, how can we respond positively?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/see-weakness-as-woundedness-not-wickedness/ https://www.gitadaily.com/see-weakness-as-woundedness-not-wickedness/



Sun Sep 2, 2018 8:58 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Become Ye Krishnas

by Sri Swami Sivananda




Children of God!




The life of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is an illustration of how an ideal, exalted life is to be lived. The best commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is the life of its own author. Sri Krishna lived what he taught and he taught what is of the highest and of the greatest value. Sri Krishna was an integral person who led the integral life with the consciousness of the integral Reality.. He was one of the busiest possible beings, a matchless statesman, an expert in every art, living in the midst of a large family of heterogeneous temperaments, undertaking to bring peace to the earth by destroying antagonistic powers and raising up the down-trodden Dharma. And yet, with all these multifarious activities of an all comprehensive type, he was continuously rooted in the Omnipresent, Eternal, Absolute Consciousness. He was a synthesis of the One and the many, a reconciliation of the Unmanifest and the manifest, a soldering of the Infinite and the relative. For Krishna, there is nothing to acquire and nothing to renounce, for He is the Conscious Truth within both the opposites. He is a synthetic man who acts with prudence in this world, whose actions are based not on personal interests but on Truth-consciousness, not on the particular but the General Being. Hence, to become complete and perfect is to become a Krishna who was complete and perfect.




In everyone, there is this ideal, Krishna, hidden within. Everyone is a potential Krishna. The Krishna-consciousness is already in you; you have only to manifest it through self-discipline and meditation. To live the philosophy of the Gita means to become Krishna Himself. In spite of distractions of the world, Krishna keeps up the unbroken relation of self identity with the highest Spirit No greater man and yet no greater Divinity has ever appeared on earth than Sri Krishna. The same Krishna, the friend of the simple cowherds, the same humble servant who washed the feet of the guests in Yudhishthira's royal sacrifice, was that all-devouring Virat the Universal Being, that dazzled the representative of man, Arjuna, and struck him with all awe. We do not find another to be compared with this glorious example, either as a perfected individual or as the revelation of the Supreme Being.




The ideal of Sri Krishna is the one to be striven for by everyone through renunciation for the sake of knowledge of the Self. To be in the world and yet out of the world, to see the universe of plurality in the light of unity, to be man and yet know the Spirit in man, to work in the world and yet be untouched by its ways, to work as a master, to live like God, to work as a devoted, humble servant of all, to sport in the relative while resting in the Absolute, is the lesson which Sri Krishna teaches to the world.




Become yourself Krishna, the Ishwara moving on earth, by practising the Yoga of synthesis which is the theme of the Immortal Bhagavad Gita.




May you all shine as Krishnas!





http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/sep2018.htm http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/sep2018.htm



Sun Sep 2, 2018 9:40 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Preliminary Thoughts on the Integrity of Vedanta Teachings




Harih Om.




Sometimes we see the pristine teachings of our Upanishads being commercialized or watered down in some manner for marketing/making accessible to a wider audience. Sure, doing so may sometimes help spread awareness of the existence of such teachings, that is for certain. But one must take caution in ensuring that compromises made are lesser than the overall benefit accrued, and the long-term integrity of the teaching remains intact.




Larger (population) and more varied (deviation) the crowd, the lower the common denominator of adhikaRtvam, and somewhere down the line, dilution WILL happen. This is a mathematical certainty.




Over-time, depending on the proclivity and priority of the less-traditional sampradAya, the teaching will either veer off into Unformulated Mysticism or, on the other end of the spectrum, Academic Rigidity, by merely repeating what one has heard from the Guru without any AtmAnubhava of one's own.




The reason why places like, say, Kailash Ashram (Est. in 1880) or Sringeri Peetham (circa ~800 CE) among others, have maintained their purity in teaching is precisely because they reserved their Vedanta Upadesha for prepared individuals, while sharing the message of Dharma with the general audience.. Nowadays- qualified or not- people are in a hurry to jump right into Vedanta.




The other difference between 'Traditional' versus 'Semi-Traditional/ Modern / Neo-Vedanta' is that the stated goal of Moksha is presented as less of a challenge than the necessary purusharthas on part of the seeker- especially in terms of lifestyle changes, growing as anusthAris etc.. This requires some reflection and intellectual honesty on part of preceptors and students that there are greater heights to be achieved than what one is ordinarily led to believe, and more -shall we say- 'Involved Sadhanas' that a serious sAdhaka must take up to move to the next level of teaching and assimilation.




It is much more important to introduce the general public to Itihasas and puranas, to begin with. An understanding of Dharmika culture is a prerequisite to vedanta adhyayan. Upanishadic knowledge has survived thousands of years without the forceful need for anadhikaris to teach or study it. It is only our lack of shraddhA in dharma that makes us (myself included) think that if we stop sharing vedanta widely it will die out. The rishis gave us the puranas exactly for the very reason, as a substitute for the masses. Likewise for the itihAsas, which elaborate upon all 4 purusharthas. There will always be someone qualified to study the upanishads, but one cannot do so by bypassing the prerequisites. Indeed, the very first upadesha of Tattva Bodha (sAdhana chatushtaya sampanna adhikArinam moksha sAdhana bhUtam), and the very first sUtra of Brahma Sutras (athAto brahma jijnAsA ) indicates just that This is what the traditional sampradayas follow.




Note: These are raw, initial thoughts on the subject. If anyone is interested I'd be happy to write a series of small articles and put together. :) The idea is not to disrupt anyone's ongoing pursuit, but to bring out, with clarity, the essence of sampradaya. Ultimately you have to follow the guidance of your Gurus, whoever they may be.




Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>


vedanta-study@googlegroups.com



Sun Sep 2, 2018 9:51 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

MASTER'S WORSHIP OF THE MOTHER: The Master did not do any formal worship of the Divine Mother. He himself clarified this point when a learned pundit of South India remarked that he must have attained perfection in Sri Vidya Upasana and that was why he succeeded in all his undertakings.




"I have not done any formal Sri Vidya Upasana," the Master told him. "I repeat the Mantra, along with several others, after my daily bath. I repeat the Mantras only once. But perhaps you are right when you say that I have done Sri Vidya Upasana. It is of a different kind. Whenever I see a woman, I mentally prostrate to her and mentally repeat some Devi Mantra like, Om Sri Durgayai Namah. I look upon all women as embodiments of the Divine Mother. When I apply the sacred vermilion to my forehead, I repeat, Om Hrim Om. This constitutes my Sri Vidya Upasana."





.. Swami Sivananda ..



Sun Sep 2, 2018 3:17 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Trataka Meditation: Meditation on a Flame

Posted by Swami Rama




Trataka is an external concentration practice in which one gazes steadily at some small object without blinking, while the eyelids are held slightly more open than usual. The practice is continued until the eyes strain and water. They should then be closed and the eyes rolled gently a few times, followed by rinsing them carefully and gently with cold water. Another method of relaxation involves contracting the muscles around the eyes and then relaxing them. The purpose of this practice is to coordinate the impulses of the sensory and motor nerves, which assist in producing a state of calmness and tranquility necessary for concentration. Trataka preserves and maintains good eyesight, and provides immunity from diseases of the eyes.




During this exercise, one makes an effort to consciously cut off each thought at the very moment of its appearance in the mind. One should keep a steady watch for each new thought as it is forming and stop it there. This will be quite difficult fir the mind in the beginning. If the mind cannot be controlled, it should be allowed to flow. Relax completely and observe its fantasies, its digressions, and its roaming here and there. As one's practice improves, the stream of ideas, rather than being cut short, will seem to arise even more rapidly.




This is an indication that the practitioner is making significant progress and that his mind is becoming clearer, and his observation sharper. This is the actual state of the mind's normal operation, but previously it had not been observed. A state of tranquility is reached when the thoughts seem to arise so fast that they are without number. To attempt to hinder thinking seems to have created more thoughts and thinking. From this point on, one should only act as an observer, letting the mind follow its own course. In this manner it will slow down on its own, and each mental process or operation can be inspected carefully and minutely. The ultimate result will be that the entire movement of the mind is brought under control.




Various sounds may be heard due to the motion of prana in the nadis. One should not be anxious about these noises, and they may be used for the fixation and concentration of the mind. As the mind becomes absorbed in meditation, these sounds will pass away.




Meditation on a Flame




To perform this practice, assume any meditative posture with the head, neck, and trunk comfortably erect. Allow the mind to become calm and collected.. and let the breath become serene, even, and regular. Gently open the eyes and gaze fixedly at the flame of an oil lamp (deepam) or candle which is placed at a distance of two to three feet in front of the eyes. Continue to focus on the candle until the eyes water. When this occurs, do not rub the eyes, as this water is impure. Instead, close the eyes, make a cup-like shape with the palms of your hands, and place them over the eyes. Then you will see an afterimage of the candle flame. Retain this image, keeping it in your mental vision as long as possible. If it moves up, down, or sideways, try to hold it stationary. It is helpful to move it about willfully. As a result of this practice, the eyes are strengthened, making them bright and attractive. The exercise also acts upon the solar plexus and is said to add to one's charm. It is held in high regard as a practice in concentration.




As one continues this practice he will eventually be able to establish this image of the candlelight in the mind's eye without the assistance of the candle. The aspirant will find that he becomes delighted with this image and that he wants to follow after it when it begins to diminish or disappear. When this visualization comes under one's conscious control, he may focus on the center of the light and anything he wants to know will be revealed to him as long as his intentions are unselfish.




Various exercises of concentration on light are suggested in the yoga sastras. Concentrating on light between the eyebrows is called subtle concentration. One may also concentrate on an ocean of light in his heart, or on the image of a flame in the region of the navel. Other forms of light may appear from within as a result of the predominance of one tattva or another. The lights of the tattvas are dull, while mental lights are bright. The light of ojas is seen when there is no consciousness through the senses. If concentration is done consistently on these lights whenever they appear, one will develop a powerful intentional force or resolve, and a time will come when one will be able to recall these lights at will.





https://www.indiadivine.org/trataka-meditation-meditation-on-a-flame/ https://www.indiadivine.org/trataka-meditation-meditation-on-a-flame/



Sun Sep 2, 2018 9:27 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The Significance of Janmashtami




Festivals are an integral part of every culture. They provide a welcome break from the humdrum routine of daily life. The Vedic culture is special in that every aspect of it is oriented to bring its followers close to God. Every festival celebrated in Vedic culture is deeply related to God and is meant to be celebrated in such a way as to help everyone come joyfully closer to God. Recently worldwide Janmashtami was celebrated fervently. Let us try to understand the inner significance of this historic festival.



A MYTH?




Is Janmashtami not just a traditional Hindu festival? Is Krishna not a mythological figure?




The 5000 temples of Lord Krishna in the tiny 88 square miles of Vrindavana, the birth-place of Krishna, bear eloquent testimony to the fact that devotion to Krishna is no imaginary sentiment. The remains of Dwarka, gradually being found in the Arabian Sea, reveal the majesty of that erstwhile city built by Lord Krishna. Kurukshetra, the site of the massive fratricidal Mahabharata war, continues to exist even today. So Krishna is indeed a historical personality and Janmashtami a factual historical event.




WHO IS KRISHNA ?




The design, order and structured organization evident throughout the creation insist that there is a Super-intelligent Creator. The Vedic scriptures and, indeed all scriptures throughout the world, give us further information about this Supreme Being, who is known variously as Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Rama and so on. The Supreme Person is full of extraordinary attributes, which make Him universally attractive. The name which describes this all-attractiveness of the Lord is His most complete name. Hence the name Krishna, meaning 'the all-attractive one', describes the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in full.




THE AVATAR




The Lord administers the world through the laws of material nature - gross such as the law of gravitation and subtle such as the law of karma. But when there is too much of a disturbance in the universal order, the Lord descends Himself "to deliver the pious, annihilate the miscreants and reestablish the principles of religion" paritranaya sadhunam vinashaya cha dushkritam dharma samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge (Bhagavad-gita 4.8). Such an incarnation is called an avatar, 'one who descends'




THE LORD OF THE HEART




The Supreme Lord is not just a neutral administrator, but the best friend of all living beings suhridam sarva bhutanam (Bhagavad-gita 5.29) The love that the heart longs for through relationships with various persons finds fulfillment only when it is reposed in the Supreme Person God. Because it is only then that the love is never interrupted, never betrayed, never let down, never disappointed. That is why saints and devotees across the religious spectrum throughout history have been the happiest persons, radiating love towards one and all. But unfortunately in this world of matter, all living beings are attracted not to the Lord of their heart but to matter and material enjoyment. However matter being limited and finite can never fulfil the unlimited desires of our spirits; material enjoyment satiates but never satisfies.




So the Lord comes into this material world and performs superhuman activities which reveal His supreme position and His unparalleled love for His devotees. For example, the Lord lifted a massive mountain Govardhan in order to protect His devotees from oppressive rains. Such acts appear impossible to the logical mind, but an ant would similarly consider the lifting of a book by a human being as 'impossible&#39;. For the Lord possessing unlimited power, such an act is not at all difficult.




Through such incredible acts, the Lord shows all of us how much He loves us, His children. By attracting our hearts back to him, He desires to take us to the realm of eternal happiness away from this realm of fleeting enjoyment.



THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JANMASHTAMI




5000 years ago on Janamashtmi, The Lord appeared at midnight. This is indeed a historical fact, but it also has a deeper significance. Midnight is the time of maximum darkness and from the moment the Lord appeared the darkness started diminishing. Similarly our heart is dark being afflicted by multiple anxieties and miseries. But in the darkest hour of our life, when we turn to the Lord and He appears in our heart, all the darkness recedes and the light of eternal hope starts streaming in.




The Lord appeared in a prison cell amidst shackles and then freed His parents .. This indicates that all of us who are shackled by our own material desires can be freed by the Lord who appears in our heart which is like a prison house.




So the real Janmashtami will take place when the Lord appears in our hearts. Though we do not know it, all of us are actually pining for this Janmashtami to occur. All of us want love, care, protection and happiness and this is what the actual Janmashtami - the appearance of the Lord in our heart - brings.




THE KALI YUGA INCARNATION




How then can we make the Lord appear in our hearts? Indeed amidst all the chaos and disorder prevalent in the present Age of Kali, why has the Lord not appeared as per His eternal promise in Bhagavad-gita?




It is said in the Vedic scriptures kali kale nama rupe krishna avatar "In Kali Yuga the Lord incarnates in the form of His Holy Name" That is why all bona fide religions teach their followers to chant the names of God. For example, the Bible says 'Let the Lord always be on your lips', the Islamic religion mentions the 99 names of Allah to be regularly chanted and the Vedic scriptures abound with instructions regarding the chanting of the Holy Names. And among all the mantras (empowered sound vibrations) mentioned in the Vedic sciptures, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare" is said to be the most potent. Sincere spiritual practitioners from all religions testify to the purifying potency of the Holy Name. It helps them to become free from all carnal desires and awakens within them love of God.





Thus for all of us living in Kali Yuga, the real Janmashtami will occur when by regular mantra meditation our heart becomes cleansed and the Lord appears in our heart, thus freeing us forever from the clutches of misery and transporting us to the realm of eternal enjoyment.





Sun Sep 2, 2018 4:46 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Embodiments of Love! Where the mind is active, all the three worlds exist! Where there is no mind, nothing exists there. Mind is the main cause of your suffering and misery. To control the mind, you must keep your desires under check. Nature sets an ideal to the entire humanity to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and lead a spiritual life. Our scriptures teach that the world is temporary and full of misery, so contemplate on God (Anityam Asukham Lokam Imam Prapya Bhajasva Mam). Ask yourself, despite knowing these truths, why are you not able to cultivate the spirit of sacrifice? Despite knowing the truth that the body is temporary, why are you still bound by desires? Since there is no end to desires, you are being subjected to endless misery. To get rid of your misery, you must follow the ideals of Nature. Nature is the best preacher. It exhorts you to cultivate love, compassion and spirit of sacrifice. Sri Satya Sai Baba



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