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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #90 on: January 29, 2014, 06:15:19 PM »


How can a devotee who has taken shelter at His feet
be overcome by any of the affections relating to the
body or mind, by his environment or enemies,
or by variations of temperature.


(III, 23, 37)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #91 on: January 29, 2014, 07:01:05 PM »


   





O Lord! It befits Thee now to efface from me this
infatuation caused by the sense of identification
with the body, which makes me feel 'I am this body',
'This body is mine' - an infatuation Thou Thyself hast
imposed on all living beings.


(III, 25, 10)



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« Reply #92 on: January 29, 2014, 07:09:45 PM »


   










A holy man is one who is patient in all circumstances,
who is full of fellow feeling, who is the friend of all,
who looks upon none a enemy, who is overflowing
with peace, who has virtue alone as his ornament,
and who has a deep-rooted love for Me, characterised
by a sense of inseparable intimacy. He works solely for
My sake and abandons all dependence on relatives and
clansmen.


(III, 25, 21-22)



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« Reply #93 on: January 30, 2014, 06:27:30 AM »


   




When all the powers of man's senses, which are ordinarily frittered away through external contacts, are purified through devotional practices and dedicated action, and they get naturally focused on Iswara exclusively, without any extraneous and self-centered motivation, and with a firmness which no obstruction can overpower  that state of mind is called Bhakti, or highest form of devotion for the Lord. Such devotion burns up the covering of ignorance in a person just as fire burns up objects put into it.

Some endowed with such Bhakti do not aspire for Moksha or even oneness with my Being; for their delight consists in serving Me and in working out My will. They therefore congregate together and honour Me by adoration and participation in My works.


(III, 25, 38)



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« Reply #94 on: January 30, 2014, 06:32:40 AM »


Man attains to the highest he can in life when he
gains one-pointed and unswerving devotion to Me,
and when his mind becomes unperturbed by anything
because of his total self-surrender to me.


(III, 25, 44)



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« Reply #95 on: January 30, 2014, 07:46:16 AM »
The Purusha is the beginning-less Atman. He is not constituted
of the dispositions (Gunas of prakriti), but it is distinct from and
superior to Prakriti. While he reveals everything in its distinctiveness,
he himself is self-revealing, requiring no other revealer. He has
brought the forces of evolution together and set them in motion.


(III, 26, 3)



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« Reply #96 on: January 30, 2014, 08:31:22 AM »
It is this feeling of doership which binds him to actions, although, he is in reality only the action-less, free, blissful and uninvolved witness (of the moments of prakriti) and therefore a non-doer. And it is this bondage through action which makes him helpless (in the matter of pleasurable and painful experiences), although he is independent, and subjects him to repeated births and deaths even though he is blissful by nature.

The knowers of Truth recognise Prakriti as responsible for the identification of the soul with body, with the senses and mind as well as with the agents (Objects of senses). As for the experience of pleasure and pain they hold the Purusha to be responsible, although, as a matter of fact, he is beyond prakriti.


(III, 26, 7-8)


….If you surrender yourself to the Higher Power all is well. That power sees your affairs through. Only so long as you think that you are the worker you are obliged to reap the fruits of your actions. If on the other hand, you surrender yourself and recognise your individual self as only a tool of the Higher Power, that Higher Power will take over your affairs along with the fruits of actions. You are no longer affected by them and the work goes on unhampered. Whether you recognize the Power or not the scheme of things does not alter. Only there is a change of outlook. Why should you bear your load on the head when you are traveling in a train ? It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily. Similar is the sense of doership in the world by the individuals.

~Bhagavan



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #97 on: January 30, 2014, 08:43:44 AM »


   
Ahankara, which is diversified into Mind, Senses
and the elements, has, as its presiding Deity,
the Lord's Emanation with a thousand heads (anata).

He is not to be considered as separate from
the infinite Supreme Being Himself.


(III, 26, 25)



The mind turned inward is the Self; turned outward
it becomes the ego and all the world. The mind does
not exist apart from the Self, i.e., it has no independent
existence. The Self exists without the mind, never the mind
without the Self.

~ Bhagavan



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #98 on: January 30, 2014, 09:03:24 AM »


Just as the sun, though seen reflected in water,
remains unaffected by the attributes of water,
so the Spirit, though abiding in a material body,
remains unaffected by its pleasurable and painful
experiences, being devoid of attributes and
doership and, therefor, free from change.


(III, 27, 1)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #99 on: January 31, 2014, 06:26:21 AM »











To gain liberation, the mind has to be slowly drawn away
from this involvement with Prakriti and it evolutes
(objects of senses) and united with the Supreme Being
through the practice of devotion to Him and the cultivation
of an extreme repugnance to the objects of senses.


(III, 27, 5)

   



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« Reply #100 on: January 31, 2014, 06:44:08 AM »
Disciplines

The discipline of Yoga, consisting in the practice of inward concentration along with the control of senses  and the mind, has to be practiced with absolute faith in the spiritual destiny of man.

  • One should have genuine devotion to Me and practice the discipline of devout listening to accounts of My deeds and excellences.
  • Equal sympathy and love for all.
  • Abstinence from the exploitation of others.
  • Non-attachment, Continence, Silence.
  • Discharge of duties conscientiously.
  • Satisfaction with one's legitimate income.
  • Moderation in eating.
  • Devotional retreats in solitude.
  • Friendliness to all, Calmness of disposition, Kindness, Self control.
  • Absence of attachment to one's body and to one's kith and kin.
  • Reflection on the distinction between Purusha and Prakriti.
These are some of the disciplines to be followed.

(III, 27, 6-9)

 





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« Reply #101 on: January 31, 2014, 07:49:47 AM »
Disciplines

The oppressive bondage of the Purusha by the Prakriti(body-mind) can be destroyed by Sadhana, with the help of body-mind itself.

As a fire lit with the help of fuel destroys that very fuel, so spiritual discipline practiced with the help of the body-mind gradually destroys that very body-mind, the product of Prakriti, by which the Purusha is held in bondage. Some of these disciplines may be cited as follows:

  • One must perform one's duties (Swadharma) without any motive other than the service of God through it.
     
  • One must cultivate purity in body and mind.
     
  • Through hearing, reading and meditating on the Lord's excellences all through life.
     
  • One must seek knowledge, which is of the nature of actual experience of Truth.
     
  • One must have intense dispassion for worldly objects and ambitions.
     
  • One must practice concentration supported by moral disciplines and spiritual aspiration.
     
  • One must intensely seek absorption in the Divine.
     

(III, 28, 21-23)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #102 on: January 31, 2014, 07:58:08 AM »


The Jiva who has experienced the joys and sorrows
provided by Prakriti, has abandoned them as
utterly worthless, and has established himself
in the glory of the Supreme Being,
is never again obsessed  by Prakriti.


(III, 28, 24)



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« Reply #103 on: January 31, 2014, 08:03:04 AM »


The dreams experienced by a sleeping person can cause
him much unpleasantness. But when he is awakened,
they trouble him no more. In the same way Prakriti
cannot harm persons who have known the Truth
regarding the unaffected Atman and whose mind
is always united with Me and delight in Me,
the Supreme Spirit.


(III, 28, 25)



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« Reply #104 on: January 31, 2014, 04:42:47 PM »
Disciplines for Self Purification

  • An aspirant must abstain from evil ways and perform all his duties in a spirit of dedication to the Lord.
     
  • He must serve holy men and feel happy with what he happens to posses.
     
  • He must shun the ways of the world-lings and develop a deep interest in the ways that lead to spiritual realisation.
     
  • He should eat only moderately and what is conducive to the health of the body and purity of the mind.
     
  • He should develop a love for solitude and should periodically spend time in solitary places.
     
  • He must abstain from injuring others, exploiting others, talking too much, accumulating property, and indulgence in sexual thoughts, words or deeds.
     
  • He must be devoted to truth, cleanliness, austerity, scriptural study, and the worship of the Divine.
     
  • He must be moderate in speech, practice of a steady posture of the body suitable for spiritual practice, gradually learn to control the mind, and withdraw the senses from their objects to the heart.
     
  • He must contemplate the excellences and glorious deeds of the Lord, which will generate peace and joy in the mind.
     

 







By these are other means, the mind, which is beset with evil tendencies and is naturally inclined to yield to instinctive urges, should be brought under control and directed along the spiritual path.

When the aspirant's mind is free from outward going tendencies and is well-controlled and peadceful, he should meditate on the form of the Lord.


(III, 28, 2-7, 12)



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