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Category : Bhagavad Gita

The Disposition of a Hindu

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The fourth selection for our book, the Eternal Path is the description of the ideal Hindu given by Lord Krishna in chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita.

 

1. shri bhagavan uvacha

    abhayam sattva-samshuddhir jñana-yoga-vyavasthitih

    danam damas cha yajñas cha svadyayas tapa arjavam

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The Qualities of Devotion

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The Qualities of Devotion

One who performs deeds with me in mind, considers me as supreme, becomes my devotee, does not become attached to things and has hatred for no other living being will surely come to me.

Bhagavad Gita 11.55

This verse of the Gita offers Krishna’s thoughts on the qualities of a devotee who reaches the supreme.  Performing our acts in the world as Karma-Yogis, being unattached to the results and treating them as sacred offerings to God, this is a great act of devotion. When we offer up everything we do, we slowly loosen the ties of selfishness and anger which hold us back from self realisation.  The last point Krishna makes is that we should be completely free of hatred for any other living being.  Our hearts should be filled with so much love that all we can see is the divine, this is seeing God within each one of us.  This verse describes the immersion of an ideal devotee.

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Love Everybody

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When you have aquired this highest knowledge you shall never again fall to illusion.  You will realise that all living beings exist  within you and moreover within me. Bhagavad  Gita  4.35

We are all part of this great body of God. The highest realisation is seeing God in all things and all people.  Love Everybody.

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The Goal of Yoga: Atyantam Sukham (Boundless Happiness)

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Recently whilst studying the Bhagavad Gita I came across a description of the state which the Yogi acheives which I wanted to share with you. In verse 6.27-28 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says: For an established Yogi whose mind is at peace, boundless happiness is attained. The one whose passions are controlled, who is without any impurity unites with Brahman (The ultimate reality). Completely pure and absorbed in the state of Yoga, the Yogi through contact with Brahman finds boundless Happiness.

Memorize a verse from the Bhagavad Gita in 5 minutes

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Lets do something very special today to celebrate Gita Jayanti – The Day when Lord Shri Krishna spoke the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

I have uploaded a special verse from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita taken from our upcoming Gita Memorization course Chapter 12.2 Where the Beloved Lord says:

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What is the nature of an enlightened being?

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The last question Arjuna asks Lord Shri Krishna in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita is, ‘what is the description of a person established in profound knowledge?’
The Beloved Lord then replies with a wonderful description of a being devoid of all selfishness. A person who with senses restrained is absorbed in yoga on the Lord. Free from attachment and anger, the sage is always calm and free from suffering. This sage is like the ocean which is continually filled with active rivers but stands still throughout.

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A Reminder to Relinquish negative characteristics

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In the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says, ‘Relinquishing egotism, violence, pride, lust, anger, and selfish desire; free from the notion of “my”, obtaining a peaceful disposition; then one becomes fit for attaining oneness with Brahman. (18.53)

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Whats your motive for worship?

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Namaste,

I hope you’re well and in good health,

The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.

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Anger

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From anger arises delusion and bewilderment. From delusion comes memory loss; from loss of memory comes the destruction of .. - Bhagavad Gita 2.63

For Dharma

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Whenever there is a decline in Dharma, O descendant of Bharata, and predominance of adharma, at that time I descend. - Bhagavad Gita 4.7

Courage in the face of Difficulty

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The Lord said: How has such faintheartedness overcome you at this difficult time? This is not proper for a noble man; it does not... - Bhagavad Gita 2.2-3

You decide what to do

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Thus I have explained to you the most confidential of all knowledge. Deliberate on this fully, and then act as you wish. - Bhagavad Gita 18.63

Lawless Hinduism

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The Lord said, ‘Fearlessness, Purity of heart, knowledge and correct action, charity, controlling the mind, performing sacrifices, study, austerities, sincerity, non... - Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3

The fog of desire

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As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dirt and as an embryo is covered by its membrane, so is this world covered by desire. - Bhagavad Gita

How should I act?

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Indian philosophy thought is often heavily scrutinized in the modern world for being outdated with regards to social issues. Discriminatory on the basis of gender, caste, economic position and so on but does this the only world view? The Mahabharata and many other texts display another view which has a very different focus, one that is dedicated to the spiritual nature of every living being. In this world view sectarian walls come down in the face of common identity, class, race, and gender are all to be regarded as temporary. This then becomes the base motive for change; there are many examples in the modern world with very Dharmic individuals utilizing these beliefs to legitimate opposition to colonial, social, sexual and economic oppression.