Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita – Myth and Legend

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“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
―Bhagavad Gita

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Shri Krishna said:
“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.”~Bhagavad gita as it is 18.61

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A small lesson on wisdom

 

A man renowned for his knowledge loved to converse with the wise men of his country . One day a boy was brought before him.

“This child has great learning,” he was told.

“And who has he studied with?” The man was informed that the source of the child’s wisdom was natural.

Immediately the man questioned the child. The boy’s answers were simple, elegant, beyond ordinary comprehension. Hungrily, the man continued his questioning. However, the child grew bored.

“Let’s play a game,” he said. “You hide and I will find you.”

The man laughed. “It is better if you hide first and I will find you. After all, I am knowledgeable in six kinds of magic.”

“No, You go first,” insisted the boy.

The man snapped his fingers, disappeared, and entered another world. the boy sighed, “It’s not fair. Come back. You’re not supposed to hide in the other world.”

The man reappeared. The boy vanished, leaping into the heart of the man.. The man looked everywhere. He couldn’t find the boy.

“Where are you?”

“I’m here.” The boy’s voice was near but muffled.

“I can’t find you.” So the boy reappeared saying, “I was in your heart. If you do not look in your own heart first, then you will not find wisdom.”

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– Bhagavad Gita VIII:6 – Inspirational Quotations

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☀ Happy Guru Purnima ☀

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I’ve always found the Upanishads to be the supreme Scripture, and I have often felt that the Johannine (Bible) texts are best read with a copy of the Upanishads by one’s elbow. But it must be remembered that the two Scriptures were written for different purposes. The Upanishads were written for Yogis & Brahmin Priests – the spiritual elite and those who had already barjed upon the Path – while the Bible Gospels were originally written for the common or uneducated people. A reason why I lean heavily on the Bhagavad Gita for this blog instead of using chapters from the Bible.

O Son of Kunti (Arjuna), that thought with which a dying man leaves the body determines — through his long persistence in it — his next state of being. – Bhagavad Gita VIII:6

The entirety of a human life is a preparation for the final examination at death…. The paramount habit of thought and feeling during a man’s years on earth is thus the most important factor on “the day of judgement.” The final thought, inexorably produced by the tenor of a lifetime, is indeed the karmic judge that at the sound of “Gabriel’s trumpet” anounces a man’s next destination.

– Paramahansa Yogananda


just a little note to say every once in a while I will be closing the blog down or putting it on private, to allow me time to read through the posts and delete those no longer read. Might also add, this blog is hard graft, lots of work and sometimes I grow tired.. Thank you for understanding…

One formless God – Oceans Of Bliss

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Baba said many times, I am you and you are Me.. You are the waves, and I am the ocean. Know this and be free. Be divine… Here is an offering of quotations from many faiths and religions , enjoy.

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“What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.” – Sri Aurobindo

“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.” ~ Sri.  Yogananda

“God is whole and constant. In himself he is motionless, yet he is
self-moving… He is hidden yet obvious everywhere. His being is known
through thought alone, yet we see his form before our eyes. He is
bodiless yet embodied in everything. There is nothing which he is
not… He is the unity of all things… He is the Whole which contains
everything. He is One, not two. He is all, not many. The All is not
many separate things, but the Oneness that subsumes the parts. The All
and the One are identical. You think that things are many when you
view them as separate, but when you see they all hang on the One and
flow from the One you will realise they are united – linked together
and connected by a chain of Being from the highest to the lowest, all
subject to the will of God”  ~ the Hermetica

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“The journey to God begins with the awakening to the concept that the
phenomenal world is a veil which conceals the Divine. We begin the
Quest by removing the veil, only to become aware that the veil and the
Divine are one and the same thing. The veil is the theophany itself:
the manifestation of the Divine through Its Names and Qualities. When
we see the veil, we are seeing nothing but the Divine.”  ~ Laleh Bakhtiar (Sufi Mystic)

“The Ancient of Ancients, the Unknown of the Unknown, has a form, yet
also has not any form. It has a form through which is the universe is
maintained. It also has not any form, as It cannot be comprehended.” ~  the Zohar, (key Kabbalistic text)


“Exalted in songs has been Brahman. In him are God and the world and
the soul, and he is the imperishable supporter of all. When the seers
of Brahman see him in all creation, they find peace in Brahman and are
free from all sorrow.” – the Upanishads

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“Hear, O Israel:

The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all thine heart,

And with all thy soul,

And with all thy might.”  ~ the Shema (Jewish Sacred Prayer)

“Except God no substance can be granted or conceived. .. Everything, I
say, is in God, and all things which are made, are made by the laws of
the infinite nature of God, and necessarily follows from the necessity
of his essence.”  ~ Spinoza

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“We are in all things,

And all things are within us,

We are all relatives.”  ~- Lakota Sioux Saying

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“Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a
living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible
living entity containing all other living entities, which by their
nature are all related.” ~  Plato

“There is a Spirit which is mind and life, light and truth and vast
spaces. He contains all works and desires and all perfumes and all
tastes. He enfolds the whole universe, and in silence is loving to
all. This is the Spirit that is in my heart, smaller than a grain of
rice, or a grain of barley, or a grain of mustard-seed, or a grin of
canary-seed, or the kernel of a grain of canary-seed. This is the
Spirit that is in my heart, greater than the earth, greater than the
sky, greater than the heaven itself, greater than all these worlds.
This is the Spirit that is in my heart, this is Brahman.”  ~ Kena Upanishad

“He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is,
immortal in the field of immortality – he sees the truth. And when a
man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he
hurts not himself by hurting others: then he goes indeed to the
highest Path.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

“I AM” – Inspirational Quotations

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All that Krishna says of himself is true of us, or potentially true of us… We too are bound in time and space, but also ‘without beginning and without end’. We too have an ‘ordinary form’ and a ‘supreme form’, a concept spoken of by St Paul in terms of the ‘Body Terrestrial’ and the ‘Body Celestial’…

The beauty is when we dance with both, as Krishna does to the sublime music of his flute…

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“It is only through silent awareness that our physical and mental nature can change. This change is completely spontaneous. If we make an effort to change we do no more than shift our attention from one level, from one thing, to another. We remain in a vicious circle. This only transfers energy from one point to another. It still leaves us oscillating between suffering and pleasure, each leading inevitably back to the other. Only living stillness, stillness without someone trying to be still, is capable of undoing the conditioning our biologoical, emotional and psychological nature has undergone. There is no controller, no selector, no personality making choices. In choiceless living the situation is given the freedom to unfold. You do not grasp one aspect over another for there is nobody to grasp. When you understand something and live it without being stuck to the formulation, what you have understood dissolves in your openness. In this silence change takes place of its own accord, the problem is resolved and duality ends. You are left in your glory where no one has understood and nothing has been understood.” ~ Jean Klein, “I Am”
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Sri Yogananda told people before he died, “There’s nothing left of Yogananda, God only resides in this form..”  
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The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Gita Wisdom, Inspirational Quotations

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The demonic do things they should avoid and avoid the things they should do… Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to their deluded ideas, insatiable in their desires, they pursue unclean ends… Bound on all side

Its by scheming and anxiety, driven by anger and greed, they amass by any means they can a hoard of money for the satisfaction of their cravings… Self-important, obstinate, swept away by the pride of wealth, they ostentatiously perform sacrifices without any regard for their purpose. Egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, envious of everyone, they abuse my presence within their own bodies and in the bodies of others ~ Krishna.
~Quotes from The Bhagavad Gita
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It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.
~ Krishna Quotes from The Bhagavad Gita
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Light As Consciousness – Children Of Light

“I am all that you think, all that you say, everything hangs on me, like pearls on a thread. I am the earth set, and the fires heat. I am appearance, and disappearance. I am the tricksters hoax. I am the radiance of all that shines, i am time grown old. All beings fall into the night, and all beings are brought back in to daylight. I have already defeated all these warriors. He who thinks he can kill, and he who thinks he can be killed, are both mistaken. No weapon can pierce the life that informs you. No fire can burn it, no water can drown it, no wind can dry it. Have no fear, and rise up, because I love you…..”

— Sri Krishna speaking to Arjuna –

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 Chapter 5 part 3. Bhagvad Gita

25. Holy men reach the Nirvana of Brahman: their sins are no more, their doubts are gone, their soul is in harmony, their joy is in the good off all.

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The Light as Consciousness

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The light, which is equated with the Supreme and is suppose to be the
consciousness of life, is described in the Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7.

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth. Beyond us
all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our hearts.

Due to our outward-turning senses, tendencies, and attachments to the fruits of action, we are unable to turn our eyes inward, at least, until compelled by external circumstances. But we must be able to do so somehow, if the lower self is to become one with the Ultimate Being.

Using an illustration from the Mundaka Upanishad Swami Vivekananda says:

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“Two birds of golden plumage sat on the same tree. The one above, serene, majestic, immersed in his own glory; the one below restless and eating the fruits of the tree, now sweet, then bitter. Once he ate an exceptional bitter fruit, then he paused and looked up at the majestic bird above: but he soon forgot about the other bird and went on eating the fruits of the tree as before.

Again he ate a bitter fruit, and this time he hopped up a few boughs nearer to the bird at the top. This happened many times, each time the “hop up” brought him nearer to the bird at the top. This happened until the lower bird came to the place of the upper bird at the top, and lost himself.”

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He found all at once that there never had been two birds, but that he was all the time that upper bird, serene, majestic and immersed in his own glory…

But this union with the Divine is not as easy as it appears in words. The journey is filled with obstacles, darkness and ignorance, misleading visions and egotism. Therefore, in the Katha Upanishad, Yama, the God of Death, tells the young boy Nachiketa, who seeks to know what lies beyond death, that the spiritual path is for the “lionhearted” and not the sheep.

Whether it be the blindingly luminous vision of Christ that Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) saw on his way to Demascus or Arjuna’s vision of Lord Krishna in the Cosmic Form on the battle field of Kurukshetra, the experience of the transcendental Reality has often been associated with brilliance, splendor and light.

Fascinating and awesome as such visions might be the experience of light ought not be to the final goal. If that were so, the Bhagavad Gita would have ended with the Eleventh Teaching. But it does not.

According to Krishna Himself, the Supreme state in that which the sun does not illumine, nor the moon, nor the fire, for it is the Light of Pure Consciousness. These words are analogous to those found in the Svetasvatara 6.14 and Katha Upanishad. 5.15.

excerpted from Parobola Mag. ‘Light’ – May 2001

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Dear Readers,

Hindu Mystics either see Maya as something to be transcended or as the Veil through which God manifests him/herself. As we gaze at a beautiful landscape or stunning landscape, God is ‘boded forth’, as Johannes Scotus put it. Another way of looking at Maya, not as a prison barring us from God but a prism through which we experience God.

Sai Baba Gita- Sathya Sai Memories

Sai Baba Gita – Through Arjuna Krishna taught the Whole World

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is the Sanathana Sarathi, the timeless charioteer, who communicated the Geetha Sastra to Adithya and helped Manu and king Ikshvaku to know it; He was the charioteer of Arjuna during the great battle between good and evil fought out at Kurukshetra. When the rider, Arjuna, was overcome with grief at the prospect of the fight, Krishna instructed him in the science of recognising one’s oneness with all, and removed the grief and the fear.

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and so the story goes:

Krishna had a similar intent when he taught the Gita to Arjuna. Arjuna was also a sacred person, and he had qualified himself for the teachings by his character and his high ideals. Arjuna had control of the senses; he had won a great deal of spiritual power from the penance he had performed. He had, to a large extent, suppressed his worldly attachments. He had a highly developed intellect and had become skilled in many arts. And he had surrendered himself to Krishna in true humility.

Krishna decided that Arjuna was ready for the highest wisdom and resolved to turn him into a truly wise being. With the intention that if Arjuna could be corrected, the whole world would benefit thereby, Krishna took great care to give these sacred teachings to Arjuna. Arjuna had both the capacity and the virtue to rise to great spiritual heights. That is the reason he had been given a number of titles. The Sanskrit word arjuna means one who is pure.

Another title Krishna gave Arjuna was the sacred-hearted one; another was the jewel-of-men. Arjuna was such a powerful person that he could, if he wanted to, undertake acts which would terrify the entire world. But Arjuna always acted purely in keeping with righteousness. He earned the right to use a powerful weapon which could not be wielded by any other living person of his day. Originally, this weapon belonged to Lord Shiva. This same fearsome weapon which was originally with Shiva and then with King Janaka in an earlier age, in Krishna and Arjuna’s time, became the Gandhiva, Arjuna’s formidable bow. By earning the grace of Shiva, Arjuna was able to obtain this magnificent weapon. In every respect Arjuna was an outstanding hero, and it was such a noble and righteous human being that Krishna chose to teach the Gita, so that the entire world would benefit thereby.

It is through your mouth that you offer food to the stomach. Then it is through the stomach that the food reaches the entire body. In the same way as food reaches all the limbs of the body when offered to the stomach, the Gita was given to a pure and selfless person such as Arjuna so that it might reach the entire world. One of Arjuna’s names is Parthiva which means son of the earth. All of you are children of the earth. Since Arjuna may be considered an outstanding representative of all mankind, Krishna felt that the whole world would in time be transformed by converting him into a sacred person.

NextSai Baba Gita, Compiled and edited by Al Drucker – Published by Atma Press –
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Krishna’s Song: the Bagavad Gita – Inspiration Quotations

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I will tell thee a supreme mystery, because thy soul has faith. It is vision and wisdom and when known thou shalt be free from sin.

It is the supreme mystery and wisdom and the purification supreme. Seen in a wonder of vision, it is a path of righteousness very easy to follow, leading to the highest End.

But those who have no faith in this Truth, come not unto me: they return to the cycles of life in death.

All this visible universe comes from my invisible Being. All beings have their rest in me, but I have no rest in them.

And in truth they rest not in me: consider my sacred mystery. I am the source of all beings, but I have not my rest in them.

Even as the mighty winds rest in the vastness of the ethereal space, all beings have their rest in me. Know thou this truth.

At the end of the night of time all things return to my nature; and when the new day of time begins I bring them again into light.

Thus through my nature I bring forth all creation, and this rolls round in the circles of time.

But I am not bound by this vast work of creation. I am and I watch the drama of works.

I watch and in its work of creation nature brings forth all that moves and moves not: and thus the revolutions of the world go round.

But the fools of the world know not me when they see me in my own human body. They know not my Spirit supreme, the infinite God of this all.

Their hope is in vain, their works are in vain, their learning is in vain, their thoughts are in vain. They fall down to the nature of demons, towards the darkness and of delusion of hell.

But there are some great souls who know me: their refuge is my own divine nature. They love me with a oneness of love: they know that I am the source of all.

They praise me with devotion, they praise me for ever and ever. Their vows are strong; their harmony is ever one; and they worship me with their love.

Others worship me, and work for me, with the sacrifice of spiritual vision. They worship me as One and as many, because they see that all is in me.

For I am the sacrifice and the offering, the sacred gift and the sacred plant. I am the holy words, the holy food, the holy fire, and the offering that is made in the fire.

I am the Father of the universe, and even the Source of the Father. I am the Mother of the universe, and the Creator of all. I am the Highest to be known, the Path of purification, the holy AUM, the Three Vedas.

I am the Way, and the Master who watches in silence; thy friend and thy shelter and thy abode of peace. I am the beginning and the middle and the end of all things: their seed of Eternity, their Treasure supreme.”

Krishna

– from THE BHAGAVAD GITA.

Trans Juan Mascaro ISBN 9780140449181

Krishna Images: courtesy of Exotic India Art Gallery, New Delhi.

Much thanks to JAKE MURRAY FOR INTRODUCING ME TO BOTH SACRED WRITINGS.