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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 44

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The Bhagavad Gita is the ultimate book of knowledge and is duly recognized as such throughout the world. Its wisdom transcends the limits of time and space. I publish daily one message from the book which can be related to our daily life titled: Thought4TheDay

These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 16, 2017)

LAO TZU

Mother of All Things

The universe had a beginning

Called the Mother of All Things.

Once you have found the Mother

You can know her children.

Having known the children.

Hold tightly to the Mother.

Your whole life will be preserved from peril.

Open up the openings,

Multiply your affairs,

Your whole life will become a burden.

Those who see the small are called clear-headed;

Those who hold to gentleness are called strong.

Use the light.

Come home to your true nature.

Don’t cause yourself injury:

This is known as seizing truth.

The stress today is due to people seeing big only and loosing the sight. Mother will never wish that for her children. World is what it is. Ups and downs are intertwined in life. Realistic goals will help to see small, maintain gentleness, and remain in control. And that is your true strength. The Bhagavad Gita also teaches the same among so many other things.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 15, 2017)

THE CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD

The City of Brahman

In the city of Brahman is a secret dwelling, the lotus of the heart. Within this dwelling is a space, and within that space is the fulfillment of our desires. What is within that space should be longed for and realized.

As great as the infinite space infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space.

Never fear that old age will invade that city; never fear that this inner treasure of all reality will wither and decay. This knows no age when the body ages; this knows no dying when the body dies. This is the real city of Brahman; this is the self, free from old age, from death and grief, hunger and thirst. In the self all desires are fulfilled.

 Life is a beautiful gift. Once we respect it, we find peace. Since at any time one has to perform his/her duty, there is no time that we will ever feel that life is drudgery. So always be positive!

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 43

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These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 14, 2017)

A SONG OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA

Dwell, O Mind, Within Yourself

Dwell, O mind, within yourself;

Enter no other’s home.

If you but seek there, you will find

All you are searching for.

God, the true Philosopher’s Stone,

Who answers every prayer,

Lies hidden deep within your heart,

The richest gem of all.

How many pearls and precious stones

Are scattered all about

The outer court that lies before

The chamber of your heart!

One of the greatest saints of all times. His teaching touched Swami Vivekanda’s heart and made him what he was-a soul to be revered at all times to come.

The Bhagavad Gita was the guide both for the teacher and the taught.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 13, 2017)

From:

THE ISHA UPANISHAD

Those who see all creatures in themselves

And themselves in all creatures know no fear.

Those who see all creatures in themselves

And themselves in all creatures know no grief.

How can the multiplicity of life

Delude the one who sees its unity?

The self is everywhere. Bright is the self,

Indivisible, untouched by sin, wise,

Immanent and transcendent. He it is

Who holds the cosmos together.

In dark night live those

For whom the world without alone is real;

In night darker still, for whom the world within

Alone is real. The first leads to a life

Of action, the second of meditation.

But those who combine action with meditation

Go across the sea of death through action

And enter into immortality

Though the practice of meditation.

So have we heard from the wise.

The Bhagavad Gita teaches the core thought The Isha Upnishad with the help of a simple dialogue between the teacher and the taught.

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 42

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Thought4TheDay (Dec. 12, 2017)

RUMI

A Garden beyond Paradise

Everything you see has its roots

in the Unseen world.

The forms may change,

yet the essence remains the same.

Every wondrous sight will vanish,

Every sweet word will fade.

But do not be disheartened,

The Source they come from is eternal-

Growing, branching out,

Giving new life and new joy.

The Source is full,

Its waters are ever-flowing;

Do not grieve,

Drink your fill!

Don’t think it will ever run dry-

This is the endless Ocean!

The presence of Almighty in all things is a good cause for human optimism. Unflinching faith and carrying on one’s duty is the only salvation. It gives us the best reason to celebrate life!

Thuoght4TheDay (Dec. 11, 2017)

CHIEF YELLOW LARK

Let Me Walk in Beauty

O Great Spirit,

whose voice I hear in the winds

and whose breath gives life to all the world,

hear me.

I am small and weak.

I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty

and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made

and my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things

you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden

in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength not to be greater than my brother or sister

but to fight my greater enemy, myself.

Make me always ready

to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes

So when life fades as the fading sunset

my spirit may come to you without shame.

Your biggest enemy is within; not other people, but you, your own self. It assumes various forms: poor habits, which hinder progress; negative emotions, which make life miserable and low self-esteem due to which you rate yourself inferior to others. We don’t respect ourselves. How would others respect us in this situation? All we need to do is to identify these demons before we set out to find a remedy. Like all significant achievements, it’s not easy and yet with consistent efforts and patience success is realized. In the complicated life we have today, role of a mentor cannot and should not be undermined. Let each one of us find a mentor, not necessarily a Guru.

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 41

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These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thuoght4TheDay (Dec. 9, 2017)

Wisdom is not the prerogative of the highly qualified or the well-known. Ravidas was a cobbler, yet his understanding of life speaks loudly through his words. The most important aspect of an individual’s life is his/her ability to contemplate on any subject, make a considered opinion and express. Expression requires both a strong desire to communicate and develop a coordination between the mind and speech. Yet, ‘many a flowers bloom unseen till these wither away’.

It’s for our society to create as many opportunities for the ‘budding flowers, to be recognized as possible.

Following are the words of Ravidas.

“Grieve Not is the name of my town.

Pain and fear cannot enter there,

Free from possessions, free from life’s taxes,

Free from fear of disease and death.

After much wandering I am come back home

Where turns not the wheel of time and change,

And my Emperor rules, without a second or third,

In Abadan, filled with love and wisdom.

The citizens are rich in the wealth of the heart,

And they live ever free in the City of God.

Listen to Ravidas, just a cobbler:

“All who live here are my true friends.”

Thuoght4TheDay (Dec. 8, 2017)

LAO TZU

Break into the peace within,

Hold attention in stillness,

And in the world outside

You will ably master the ten thousand things.

Knowing who you are, you will find the constant.

Those who lack harmony with the constant, court danger,

But those who have it, gain new vision.

They act with compassion;

Within themselves, they can find room for everything.

Having room, they rule themselves and lead others wisely.

Being wise, they live in accordance

With the nature of things.

Emptied of self and one with nature,

They become filled with the Tao.

The Tao endures forever.

For those who have attained harmony with the Tao

Will never lose it,

Even if their bodies die.

Tao gives humanity a great philosophy of life. Follower does good things, but he does not claim that ‘he has done it’. The core principle of Tao is acceptance without judgment. Doing ‘good’ is its own reward. Tao is like a low water. Tao is nature; the way all that behave. Nothing can live without each other.

In short, Tao is total interdependence on each other. The more liberty you give the better order you’ll have. Four basic principles need to be followed to have a happy life. These are:

i) Gentleness

ii) Natural sincerity

iii) Reverence for all life

iv) Supportiveness

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 40

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Thought4TheDay (Dec. 7, 2017)

THE SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD

May the Lord of Love, who projects himself

Into the universe of myriad forms

Through maya, from whom all beings come,

To whom all beings finally return,

May he grant us grace of wisdom.

He is the fire and the sun, and the moon

And the stars. He is the air and the sea,

And the creator Prajapati.

He is this boy, he is that girl; he is

This man, he is that woman, and he is

This old man, too, tottering on his staff.

His face is seen everywhere.

He is this blue bird, he is the green bird

With red eyes; he is the thundercloud, and

He is the seasons and the seas; he has

No beginning, he has no end. He is

The source from whom all the worlds evolve.

In this event, our learning from the above passage need to be:

Comparison is odious. We must not harbor any envy, jealousy, enmity with anyone else. Because this is the root cause of our dissatisfaction with life, our unhappiness! Peace can never come unless we cease to compare ourselves with others.  All beings are His different forms. We need to accept; we need to respect. Nevertheless, it should, in no way, stop our pursuit of excellence. Personal development and ability to forge ahead than others is nothing less than a service to humanity, and therefore, a service to the Lord Almighty.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 6, 2017)

This is the teaching of Uddalaka to Shvetaketu, his son:

As by knowing one lump of clay, dear one,

We come to know all things made out of clay –

That they differ only in name and form,

While the stuff of which all are made is clay;

As by knowing one gold nugget, dear one,

We come to know all things made out of gold –

That they differ only in name and form,

While the stuff of which all are made is gold;

As by knowing one tool of iron, dear one,

We come to know all things made out of iron –

That they differ only in name and form,

While the stuff of which all are made is iron –

So through spiritual wisdom, dear one,

We come to know that all of life is one.

In the beginning was only Being,

One without a second,

Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos,

And entered into everything, in it.

Why Have any Ego? Yet Move Forward Every Moment. That Is Your Duty!

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 39

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These are widely read and highly appreciated by my connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook and followers on twitter totally about 27000 people. As recommended by some friends, I am posting the same here. You may ask questions and/or post your comments which be appreciated. Hope you will find the initiative very rewarding.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 5, 2017)

Self-defeating Ego

The most potent hidden enemy of anyone is ego. It is subtle, rarely recognized, never accepted. Yet, this capricious ego scuttles our efforts to stay on the road-map to achieve our goals, time & again. The passage below explicitly explains the main characteristic of ego. The passage is taken from The Katha Upanishad.

In the secret cave of the heart, two are

Seated by life’s fountain. The separate ego

Drinks of the sweet and bitter stuff,

Liking the sweet, disliking the bitter,

While the supreme self drinks sweet and bitter

Neither liking this nor disliking that.

The ego gropes in darkness, while the self

Lives in light. So declare the illumined sages,

And the householders who worship

The sacred fire in the name of the Lord.

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 4, 2017)

THE KATHA UPANISHAD

Perennial Joy

THE KING OF DEATH

The joy of the spirit ever abides,

But not what seems pleasant to the senses.

Both these, differing in their purpose, prompt us

To action. All is well for those who choose

The joy of the spirit, but they miss

The goal of life who prefer the pleasant.

Perennial joy or passing pleasure?

This is the choice one is to make always.

The wise recognize this, but not

The ignorant. The first welcome what leads to joy

Abiding, ever though painful at the time.

The latter run, goaded by their senses,

After what seems immediate pleasure.

Well have you renounced these passing pleasures

So dear to the senses, Nachiketa,

And turned your back on the way of the world

Which makes mankind forget the goal of life?

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The Bhagavad Gita Talks 38

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Thought4TheDay (Dec. 3, 2017)

THE ISHA UPANISHAD

The Inner Ruler

The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all.

The Lord is the supreme reality.

Rejoice in him through renunciation.

Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord.

Thus working may you live a hundred years.

Thus alone can you work in full freedom.

Those who deny the self are born again

Blind to the self, enveloped in darkness,

Utterly devoid of love for the Lord.

The self is one. Ever still, the self is

Swifter than thought, swifter than the senses.

Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit.

Without the self, never could life exist.

The self seems to move, but is ever still.

He seems far away, but is ever still.

He is within all, and he transcends all.

Lord yourself self is nothing but Almighty himself!

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 2, 2017)

Reflections by the great saint- KABIR

The unstruck Bells & Drums

The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you,

as life is there in every seed.

O servant! Put false pride away

And seek for him within you.

A million suns are ablaze with light,

The sea of blue spreads in the sky,

The fever of life is stilled, and all stains

are washed away

When I sit in the midst of that world,

Hark to the unstruck bells and drums!

Take your delight in love!

Rains pour down without water,

and the rivers are streams of light.

One love it is that pervades the whole world;

few there are who know it fully:

They are blind who hope to see it by the light of reason,

that reason which is the cause of separation –

The house of reason is very far away!

Transcendental wisdom by saint rare to find today!

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