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  • jogeshwarmahanta
    Dec 15, 2007
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      Has any body gone through comparative reading and practice of
      Magbhagvat Geeta and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras? As I find objectives
      of the two texts are diametrically opposite.

      From the practice point of view, I think, Yoga Sutras is a better
      manual.

      Thanks for this thread.
      regards




      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety
      <no_reply@...> wrote:
      >
      > One of the most common emails the
      > Meditation Society of America gets
      > asks for advice on which books are
      > the best dealing with meditation.
      > We had several this week and also
      > received an email from the Divya
      > Jivan Newsletter that pointed to
      > one answer to this question. We'll
      > let these quotes speak for themselves:
      >
      > "When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and
      > reflace about how God created this
      > universe everything else seems so superfluous."
      > Albert Einstein
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita calls on humanity to
      > dedicate body, mind and soul
      > to pure duty and not to become mental
      > voluptuaries at the mercy of
      > random desires and undisciplined impulses."
      > Mahatma Gandhiji
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement
      > of spiritualevolution of endowing value to mankind.
      > It is one of the most clear and comprehensive
      > summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed;
      > hence its enduring value is subject not only to
      > India but to all of humanity."
      > Aldous Huxley
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the
      > human race a living creation rather than a book,
      > with a new message for every age and a
      > new meaning for every civilization."
      > Sri Aurobindo
      >
      > "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the
      > stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the
      > Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern
      > world and its literature seems puny and trivial."
      > Henry David Thoreau
      >
      > "The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly
      > beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which
      > enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
      > Herman Hesse
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the
      > spiritual foundation of human existence. It is
      > a call of action to meet the obligations and
      > duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual
      > nature and grander purpose of the universe."
      > Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
      >
      > "I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita.
      > It was the first of books; it was as if an empire
      > spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy,
      > but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an
      > old intelligence which in another age and climate
      > had pondered and thus disposed of the same
      > questions which exercise us."
      > Ralph Waldo Emerson
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita is an empire of thought
      > and in its philosophical teachings Krishna
      > has all the attributes of the full-fledged
      > montheistic deity and at the same time the
      > attributes of the Upanisadic absolute."
      > Ralph Waldo Emerson
      >
      > "In order to approach a creation as sublime
      > as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding
      > it is necessary to attune our soul to it." -
      > Rudolph Steiner
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita is not seperate from the
      > Vaisnava philosophy and the Srimad Bhagavatam
      > fully reveals the true import of this doctrine
      > which is transmigation of the soul. On perusal
      > of the first chapter of Bhagavad-Gita one may
      > think that they are advised to engage in
      > warfare. When the second chapter has been read
      > it can be clearly understood that knowledge and
      > the soul is the ultimate goal to be
      > attained. On studying the third chapter it is
      > apparent that acts of righteousness are also of
      > high priority. If we continue and patiently
      > take the time to complete the Bhagavad-Gita and
      > try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter
      > we can see that the ultimate conclusion
      > is to relinquish all the conceptualized ideas
      > of religion which we possess and fully surrender
      > directly unto the Supreme Lord."
      > Sri Swami Prabhupada
      >
      > "The secret of karma yoga which is to perform
      > actions without any fruitive desires is taught
      > by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita."
      > Swami Vivekananda
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna to
      > reveal the science of devotion to God which is the
      > essence of all spiritual knowledge. The
      > Supreme Lord Krishnas primary purpose for descending
      > and incarnating is relieve the world of any demoniac
      > and negative, undesirable influences that are
      > opposed to spiritual development, yet
      > simultaneously it is His incomparable intention
      > to be perpetually within reach of all humanity."
      > Sri Ramanuja
      >
      > "Nothing has ever arisen in my life, internal
      > or external, that the Gita has not made clear
      > and enabled me to deal with or understand."
      > Swami Nirmalananda Giri
      >
      > "When doubts haunt me, when disappointments
      > stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of
      > hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and
      > find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin
      > to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those
      > who meditate on the Gita will
      > derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day."
      > Mahatma Gandhiji
      >
      > "From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita all
      > the goals of human existence become fulfilled.
      > Bhagavad-Gita is the manifest quintessence
      > of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures."
      > Adi Sankara
      >
      > "The secret of karma yoga which is to perform
      > actions without any fruitive desires is taught
      > by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita." -
      > Swami Vivekananda
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita is where God Himself talks to
      > His devotee Arjuna."
      > Paramahansa Yogananda
      >
      > "The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on
      > the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God
      > which is manifested by actions."
      > Dr. Albert Schweizer
      >
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