Reflections & Quotes

Gems Gathered Along The Way

“When a man is under tension, his behavior is influenced, and when he relaxes, he becomes natural. He knows the reality, the truth. Then he also knows how to behave, because the knowledge of truth is necessary for right behavior. And knowledge of the truth only comes when you are free of tension.” Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Screen Shot 2019-12-06 at 1.24.32 PM 2“Thus, it is very clear that performing karma is not against moksa, even though it cannot produce moksa. Only knowledge can be said to ‘produce’ moksa, moksa being an already accomplished fact. In other words, atma, oneself, is already liberated, mukta, and knowledge alone ‘makes’ one recognize this fact. And to prepare the mind for this recognition, there are a lot of means that one can use. This is the reason that there is nothing equal to knowledge for gaining liberation.”

Swami Dayananda, Bhagavad Gita Home Study, 3rd Book, p.121.

Vedanta, like many offerings in the spiritual world, can become a trap, a spiritual overlay. No practice will lead to moksha (liberation), including Karma Yoga, Upasana Yoga and Jnana Yoga, unless we are willing to open the door to our past, meeting our emotional and mental pain, shining the light of awareness upon our shadow. There is no way to bypass that which lies hidden and unresolved within us.

I am not this Jiva with its five koshas (sheaths) – physical, pranic (energy), psycho-emotional, wisdom and bliss but rather the light that illumines it.

[Knowledge is always what is… Everything is only ‘what is.’ The future is also ‘what is.’ This ‘what is’ is what we call knowledge. Knowledge is always there. It was never born or created, only revealed.]

Paraphrased Swami Dayananda, Gita Home Study.

“And what is the nature of a conscious being? The being is consciousness; consciousness  is being. Therefore, all knowledge exists in the conscious being, in the being that is consciousness. So why do I not have all knowledge? Because of ignorance alone. Ignorance covers the knowledge.”

Swami Dayananda, Bhagavad Gita Home Study.

“Living beings, who are not near physical entities, are conscious beings mutually related to the devatas. Since this is how the order is set up, you recognize them, acknowledge them. The chakra spoken of here is much more than a cosmic wheel. It not only includes the physical world, it includes everything. This chakra, this order, is set up by Isvara, the efficient and material cost of it all.”

Swami Dayananda, Gita commentary.

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Offering gratitude for another day of life on planet earth and for the opportunity to work with my karma and step a few more inches towards freedom. Thank you Isvara.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti…

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