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Bhagavad Gita 14

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  • westwindwood2003
    I do not know Sanskrit and so I know that I am not going to always get a translation correct. If I do make a mistake, I do not feel that I am causing any harm
    Message 1 of 28 , Jun 14, 2008
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      I do not know Sanskrit and so I know
      that I am not going to always get a
      translation correct. If I do make a
      mistake, I do not feel that I am
      causing any harm because I just wind
      up commenting on a different aspect
      of meditation than what the Gita is
      referring to at that point. However,
      if I do get it wrong on a particular
      passage, I would like to hear about it
      if someone knows I am wrong
      because I might miss some facet of
      meditation that I might not touch on
      later that is important.

      57. Life's many experiences evoke
      thoughts and feelings. However,
      rejoicing in the good and hatred of
      the bad is not in the personality of
      the person who dwells, resides, in
      Wisdom.

      Being with that Wisdom, the one on
      the path feels the situation is not
      defined as good or bad, but God's
      will, and so petitions for the
      Knowledge of right behavior to deal
      wisely in the circumstance.

      58. A tortoise withdraws head and
      limbs when disturbed, and a Yogi,
      when confronted with an attractive
      sight or painful scene reflexively
      pulls in to contemplate the situation
      knowing a moment's reflection
      brings Wisdom.

      59. Seeing an object of desire, a
      person remains abstinent upon
      leaving the longing behind. Even a
      hint of the desirable reaction drops
      away from the person who perceives
      the Supreme.
    • westwindwood2003
      60. The wise person strives for perfection; turbulent situations though, the chaos of the day, violently carries away the mind. OK, so don t hesitate to
      Message 2 of 28 , Jun 18, 2008
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        60. The wise person strives for
        perfection; turbulent situations
        though, the chaos of the day,
        violently carries away the mind.

        OK, so don't hesitate to meditate!

        61. The yogi controls the chaos of
        the day, these thoughts restrained
        and joined together. Focus on God
        and the yogi's thoughts are settled.

        The turbulent thoughts of the yogi
        are allowed to surface in meditation,
        and the calming effect of the
        meditation experience affects a
        change in the mind (this just happens
        without any attempt at control). With
        the calming, the focus can them be
        brought to God, who then brings
        wisdom allowing the thoughts to be
        settled.

        62. Objects of the senses, (what
        causes the turbulent thoughts of a
        person) cause strong attachment
        because a person has the propensity
        for that particular object of the
        senses. From this attachment comes
        desire and from desire a kind of
        anger, of that is mine,
        possessiveness.

        Attachment caused by their own
        personality, or perhaps we could say
        from their previous karma gives
        material to work on in meditation.

        63. From anger comes delusion and
        from this delusion comes a forgetting
        of facts (memory of what really
        happened or how things are), and
        this loss of reason with impetuous
        behavior, results in death.

        Why am I thinking of a motorcycle
        going 110 mph on a windy country
        road? Actually, this could be most
        anything and usually results in a visit
        from a police officer, or at best
        recognition of out of control feelings
        that need to be worked on in
        meditation.
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