The Bhagavad Gita Talks 46

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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. 21, 2017)

THE BHAGAVAD GITA

What is Real Never Ceases

The self dwells in the house of the body,

Which passes through childhood, youth, and old age.

So passes the self at the time of death

Into another body. The wise know this truth

And are not deceived by it.

When the senses come in contact with sense-objects

They give rise to feelings of heat and cold,

Pleasure and pain, which come and go.

Accept them calmly, as do the wise.

The wise, which live free from pleasure and pain,

Are worthy of immortality.

What is real never ceases to be.

The unreal never is. The sages

Who realize the ‘self’ know the secret

Of what is and what is not.

 

Thought4TheDay (Dec. 20, 2017)

SHANTIDEVA

The Miracle of Illumination

As a blind man feel when he finds a pearl

in a dustbin, so am I amazed by the miracle

of Bodhi rising in my consciousness.

It is the nectar of immortality that delivers us from death

The treasure that lifts us above poverty into

the wealth of giving to life,

The tree that gives shade to us when we roam about

scorched by life,

The bridge that takes us across the stormy river of life,

The cool moon of compassion that calms our mind

when it is agitated.

The sun that dispels darkness,

The butter made from the milk of kindness

by churning it with the dharma.

It is a feast of joy to which all are invited.

There is an underlined unity between both the thoughts even though these are drawn from different sources. Both refer to our spiritual life. Both are based on the Yoga of The Bhagavad Gita. Both describe life as a mix of pleasure and pain. Both deliver the ultimate wisdom of Gita. Spirituality expressed in both the quotes gives us an inimitable life’s lesson; that one need to rise above the momentary emotions of pleasure and pain. Both are based on Hindu scriptures. Hindu philosophy does not bind us to any dos and don’ts. Instead it just serves as a guide. It professes meditation which is a means to know oneself. Just like the modern SWOFT analysis through detailed Arjuna Krishna dialogue The Bhagavad Gita inspires us to strengthen our character and follow the path of performing our duty to the best of our ability to find peace with oneself. Peace of mind is the topmost quality that we need to aspire according to Hare Krishna.

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