16235Re: Bhagavad Gita 13
- Jun 11, 2008Belated thanks for these posts helping us to understand the Bhagavad
Gita, about which I was almost totally ignorant. Recently, I've been
reading Ram Dass's "Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita" - it,
too, is a revelation. Also reading Rumi's poetry, the Coleman Barks
translation. And meeting Theravadin monks, listening to their dharma
talks. Sometimes I feel as if I'm perceiving everything for the
first time. (Where have I been?)
--- In email@example.com, WestWindWood
> 54. Arjuna asks a question about the
> qualities (steady of disposition,
> consistent in vision) of a sage, (who
> has merged with the Creator, the
> nature of that which underlies all
> The sage, merged into the Creator
> beyond the normal conscious state,
> we could say in deep meditation,
> experiences the qualities of the
> Creator. The sage has, over may
> years of evolution, taken these
> experiences and incorporated in him,
> through proper action and behavior,
> the qualities of the Creator so that
> the sage became Self.
> This seems like A LOT OF HARD
> WORK! But in reality, it is just a
> giving up of all those qualities of
> personality that are not of the divine
> nature. It seems an agony at the
> time, but is nothing looking back,
> and why was that I clung to so
> important anyway, but it was.
> 55. Sri Bhagavan (Krishna) said:
> All desires of the mind (of ones very
> heart) are cast off, Oh Partha, by
> becoming the Self by working with
> the Self in steady wisdom.
> Contact with the Self in meditation
> brings a steady wisdom, Oh what to
> do about my present situation and
> how am I going to work this out,
> God's will be done, and so it goes
> with an answer coming to me so that
> I become more the Self by practicing
> proper behavior and letting the Self
> emerge in place of the misguided
> personality that I have begun with.
> 56. The mind is unshaken in
> adversity, and in pleasure, there is no
> latching onto and wanting to retain.
> Free from attachment, fear and anger
> is the sage poised in wisdom.
> The wisdom found in meditation
> allows the sage these characteristics.
> This is just something that happens,
> a symptom, not something that the
> sage tries to grasp and become, it just
> happens because one meditates.
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