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  • jogeshwarmahanta
    Dec 29, 2007
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      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jogeshwarmahanta"
      <jogeshwarmahanta@...> wrote:
      >
      > 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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