Words Heard By Chance

“To hear the pounding on the door, we have to remember to pay attention to what we have lost and to what is calling for us. Not a day goes by when the world doesn’t cry out for us, signal us with signs and sounds, calling us home. Listening closely is nearly a lost art, but a retrievable one. The soul thrives on it. Words heard by chance have been known to change lives.”

– Phil Cousineau –

You Are That

“You are what your deep driving desire is.”

– Brihaduranyaha Upanishad –

Letting Go

“Our habits become rigid and old; but we call it discipline. Our beliefs and ideas are rooted in the reality of yesterday, not today; but we call it virtue. Emotionally we respond not to what we hear, see and receive today but to how it reminds us of what we heard, saw and received yesterday, the day before and 30 years ago. Erroneously, we call it truth. We are so busy complaining about the damp chill of winter that we don’t notice the bright rays of the spring sun peaking through the clouds. This is not the way to live. Like the tree who gladly gives her green leaves of spring to the Divine Painter to turn red and yellow in Autumn, and then lets them fall to the ground as the winter frost sets in, similarly, in order to stay ever-young, ever-free and ever-joyful we need to be able to let go.”

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

That Which Ages Us

“It is not responsibilities that age us. It is not the jobs we do, the homes we build, the families we create or the passing years. What actually ages us, what actually is the difference between those who are seventy “years young” and those who are thirty “years old” is the ability to let go. The more we hold on, tenaciously and unrelentingly, to our own conceptions, our own expectations, our own egos, the more stuck we become. A rule of nature is that that which stops flowing stagnates and putrefies. That’s what happens in our own lives. When we stop being able to shed the old in favor of the new, we become old. We stagnate.”  

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

Transformation

“To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves, and not to leave it to others to transform themselves. This is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large.”

– J. Krishnamurti –

Intuition

“Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch”, or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.

The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms – sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will possessed by each individual.

All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”

From: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Gratitude and Divine Awareness

“Recognize yourself as a Divine Being. Seek to have your actions be in alignment with this divinity. Ask yourself, “Is this choice I’m about to make honouring the Divine within me?” Along with this, attempt to see the Divine in every experience, from the grandeur of nature to the tedious and mundane aspects of daily life. Recognize that there is a Divine Plan and a Divine Essence permeating all things. Have gratitude for all experiences, all difficulties and all challenges. In cultivating gratitude and recognizing and surrendering to this sense of higher power, we move most closely towards the essence of Yoga.”

From: Deep Yoga: Ancient Wisdom For Modern Times by Bhava Ram

Yoga Synergy Chant

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, verses 47-48:

Aum

kar-ma-ne-eva-di-ka-ras-te

maa pal-eshu kadaa-cha-na

maa kar-ma-pala-hey-tur-bhur

maa te san-go ‘stwa-kar-ma-ni

yoga-sthah ku-ru kar-ma-ni

san-gam tyak-tsva danam-jaya

sid-dya-sid-yoh samo bhu-tva

sa-ma-tvam yoga uch-ya-te

Aum

Your sphere of influence is with your actions alone

But never in the fruits or results of your actions

Don’t let your motive to act be because of the fruits or results of your actions

But at the same time don’t become selfishly attached to inaction or laziness

When practicing yoga, perform your actions

Having abandoned attachment to worldly desires and wishes

And become equally content with success or failure

Yoga is said to be that state of equanimity or even-mindedness

Words of Wisdom from Sadguru

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The 3 Gunas in the Bhagavad Gita

Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita describes the three gunas as follows:

5 SATTVA, RAJAS, TAMAS – light, fire, and darkness – are the three constituents of nature. They appear to limit in finite bodies the liberty of their infinite Spirit.

6 Of these Sattva because it is pure and it gives light and is the health of life, binds to earthly happiness and to lower knowledge.

7 Rajas is of the nature of passion, the source of thirst and attachment. It binds the soul of man to action.

8 Tamas, which is born of ignorance, darkens the soul of all men. It binds them to sleepy dullness, and then they do not watch and then they do not work.

9 Sattva binds to happiness; Rajas to action; Tamas, over-clouding wisdom, binds to lack of vigilance.

10 Sometimes Sattva may prevail over Rajas and Tamas, at others Rajas over Tamas and Sattva, and at others Tamas over Sattva and Rajas.

11 When the light of wisdom shines from the portals of the body’s dwelling, then we know that Sattva is in power.

12 Greed, busy activity, many undertakings, unrest, the lust of desire – these arise when Rajas increases.

13 Darkness, inertia negligence, delusion – these appear when Tamas prevails.

14 If the soul meets death when Sattva prevails, then it goes to the pure regions of those who are seeking Truth.

15 If a man meets death in a state of Rajas, he is reborn amongst those who are bound by their restless activity; and if he dies in Tamas he is reborn in the wombs of the irrational.

16 Any work when it is well done bears the pure harmony of Sattva; but when done in Rajas it brings pain, and when done in Tamas it brings ignorance.

17 From Sattva arises wisdom, from Rajas greed, from Tamas negligence, delusion and ignorance.

18 Those who are in Sattva climb the path that leads on high, those who are in Rajas follow the level path, those who are in Tamas sink downwards on the lower path.

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