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  • jogeshwarmahanta
    From 1 book to 4 now. regards ... realisation is the shortest and the best. -- B.R.Kumar, Chennai -41, INDIA ... Jan 2008 06:17:00 +0000Subject: [Meditation
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      From 1 book to 4 now.
      regards

      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, Balasubramanian
      Radhakrishnan Kumar <kumarbr20@...> wrote:
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      > Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi's self enquiry method for self
      realisation is the shortest and the best. -- B.R.Kumar, Chennai -41,
      INDIA
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      > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@...: jogeshwarmahanta@...: Thu, 10
      Jan 2008 06:17:00 +0000Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re:
      The Best Book on Meditation
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      > "feelyou have 10 lifetimes to learn and earn your way out of here,
      by allmeans go for Patanjali's Yoga Sutras."Yes. The first objective
      is to prolong your life span first.regards--- In
      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jvmarco" <jvmarco@>
      wrote:>> In my opinion, the best currently available book on
      meditation is The > Myth of Freedom by Chogyam Trungpa.> > It is
      said that it takes 100 life times for a monk to realize >
      enlightenment,...for a yogi it takes about 10 lifetimes,...however,
      > for a sly (wo)man, enlightenment can be realized in a single >
      lifetime. That meditation is called the Short Path or Vajrayana.> >
      If you really cannot acknowledge the impermanence of duality and
      feel > you have 10 lifetimes to learn and earn your way out of here,
      by all > means go for Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. If, on the other
      hand, you > realize that you don't have all the time in the world,
      and truly > appreciate how lucky you are to even have time for
      meditation, try > the Short Path. > > V> :)> > > --- In
      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jogeshwarmahanta" >
      <jogeshwarmahanta@> wrote:> >> > So,I think, now there will be focus
      on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras,the > > smallest book of the greatest
      importance.> > regards> > > > > > --- In > >
      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jogeshwarmahanta" > >
      <jogeshwarmahanta@> wrote:> > >> > > Oh! I forgot one very important
      aspect.> > > > > > In relation to God:> > > > > > Patanjal-Ishwara
      pranidhanadva(Or by devotion to God)> > > > > > Geeta-Sarba dharman
      parityajya mamekam sharanam braja(Abandon all > > > and surrender to
      Me)-Lord Krishna> > > regards> > > > > > > > > > > > --- In > > >
      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jogeshwarmahanta" > > >
      <jogeshwarmahanta@> wrote:> > > >> > > > Sorry for the spelling
      mistake.I intended to write Madbhagavat > > > Geeta.> > > > > > > >
      No. > > > > The definitions of Yoga:> > > > > > > > Patnjali-
      Yogaschittavritti norodhah(Regulation of > > > mind/procliviries).>
      > > > > > > > Geeta-Sdhyasidhyo samabhutwa samatwam yoga uchyate
      (Accepting > > > success > > > > and failure as the same)> > > > > >
      > > Objectives-Moksha.> > > > > > > > Patanjali-Attaining the purest
      conscience/Transcending time and > > > > space.> > > > > > > > Geeta-
      Merger with Him/God/Almighty/The Braman.> > > > > > > > Approach:> >
      > > > > > > Patanjali-Continuous deconditioning and reconditioning.>
      > > > > > > > Geeta-Just witnessing the happenings in detached
      manner.> > > > > > > > regards> > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com,
      > > > medit8ionsociety > > > > <no_reply@> wrote:> > > > >> > > > > -
      -- In > > > >
      meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jogeshwarmahanta"> > >
      > > <jogeshwarmahanta@> wrote:> > > > > >> > > > > > No further
      views?> > > > > > regards> > > > > > > > > > > Yo Sri
      Jogeshwarmahanta,> > > > > I didn't realize that you were referring
      to > > > > > the Bhagavad Gita, but now I am assuming you > > > > >
      were, and that it was your unique spelling> > > > > (Magbhagvat
      Geeta) that made me feel unable> > > > > to reply. I don't see in
      any way that the> > > > > 2 books as being "diametrically opposite.>
      > > > > Actually, I feel they compliment each other> > > > >
      perfectly. The Gita shares how one can best> > > > > prepare to
      medtate and live a pure life that> > > > > eliminates the
      distractions that hold one back> > > > > from experiencing the
      bounty of treasures that> > > > > meditation brings. And the Sutras
      are the> > > > > perfect "how-to" book on meditation. Together> > >
      > > they comprise the totality of all one> > > > > needs to learn,
      and then do, to best unfold> > > > > the flower of peace, wisdom and
      bliss that is> > > > > within and is the birthright of all of
      humanity.> > > > > Peace and Blessings,> > > > > Bob> > > > > > ---
      In > > > > > > > >
      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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