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Digest #4803
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Wed Nov 7, 2018 9:07 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Our thoughts have no power on us till we give them our thought

The word 'thought' can refer to an idea popping up in our consciousness, as in "I got a thought." Or it can refer to steady attention to a subject, as in "I have given this a lot of thought."

Keeping these two meanings in mind, we can understand that our thoughts – the stimuli appearing within us – can't have power on us till we give them our thought, that is, our attention. If some unwanted thought pops up within us, we don't have to get worked up about its presence, leave alone get carried away by what it proposes.

How can we avoid giving unnecessary thought to unwanted thoughts? By objective vision and purposeful action.

First, we can view our thoughts objectively, like popups on our device. The Bhagavad-gita facilitates such objective vision by explaining that we are souls who exist at a spiritual level. Our body is like our device for functioning at the material level. And our mind is like that device's screen, where various thoughts appear, being triggered by the modes of material nature (14.22). Just as a popup can't take over our device unless we click on it, similarly, distracting thoughts can't divert us unless we give them undue attention, thereby energizing and enlarging them.

Second, we can keep ourselves purposefully engaged. The Bhagavad-gita equips us with the most positive purpose by revealing that we are parts of the all-powerful, all-attractive supreme, Krishna. Gita wisdom helps us connect with Krishna in a mood of service and re-envision our entire life as a loving offering to him. The resulting connection gives us a sublime satisfaction that increases our immunity to distracting thoughts.

When we consistently neglect distracting thoughts, they gradually decrease and eventually disappear, freeing us to become steadily and joyfully absorbed in Krishna.

Think it over:

What are the two senses of the word 'thought'?

How can we view our thoughts objectively?

How does devotional purposefulness enable us to neglect distracting thoughts?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/our-thoughts-have-no-power-on-us-till-we-give-them-our-thought/ https://www.gitadaily.com/our-thoughts-have-no-power-on-us-till-we-give-them-our-thought/

Wed Nov 7, 2018 9:09 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Draupadi did not send a chariot inviting Lord Krishna to come to her rescue; she uttered the Lord's Name in her deepest agony and Lord Krishna instantly responded, and saved her from imminent dishonour. In the Treta yuga, during the times of the Ramayana, architect Nala and his monkeys were building a bridge over the sea to Lanka; the boulders on which they inscribed the sacred name Rama, floated on the waters. But they found that the boulders floated away due to wind and wave. They did not form a continuous bridge for the army to pass over. Some wise person gave a suggestion to write 'Ra' on one boulder and 'Ma' on another and they found that the two stuck hard together. This works in this day and age too! Chant the Lord's name continuously. It will serve as a bridge between you and Him; it will keep you focused on Him and bring on you His boundless Grace! Sri Satya Sai Baba

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