The Effulgence Within

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Devyani's Lessons

Long ago, on a warm afternoon, tired after a playful jaunt in the woods, the daughter of the demon king Vrishaparva, and Devyani, daughter of the most powerful demon guru Shukracharya, went to soak themselves in the cool waters of a sylvan pool. A puff of strong winds swung their garments into a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Enjoy a timeless regaling Tale in Learning

Yudhistira, the eldest of the five Pandava brothers of the world’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata, was one of the most equanimous person the likes of which the world has none parallel. He derives his name from the exceptional equipoise he displayed on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, a site near... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One's Innate Nature and Final Liberation.

Chapter 3 begins with Arjuna's trying to choose an option less demanding; why Karma and not Gyana? Arjuna said: If in your opinion O Krishna, the Yoga of the Intelligent Will is superior to fruitive works, why then, do you appoint me to such a henious act as battle? Mixed up I am by your... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Relinquish All to Obtain All ... (Thank you Presta for the inspiration)

RPresta has commented on Krishna's asking Arjuna to relinquish all to obtain all which, of course, we all feel is difficult for ordinary human beings. I am reminded of a parallel in Luke 14: 25 - 35 where Jesus said, "here is what it costs to follow me. Everything. You may lose your family. You may... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Spiritual Connect of Intelligence

Just as Arjuna has unlimited supply of arrows in his quiver, Krishna has no less. The difference, Arjun's arrows can only kill, Krishna the Lord's, bestow life. He directs his arrows (of options), aimed at Arjuna to bring him back to his senses, bring him back to action, bring him back to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Yoga of Karma, Intelligent Will and Rational Analysis

Arjuna's willing interest, aroused slightly at the mention of the word, Samadhi (resolution to Peace), will be made capital of by Krishna. Until now we discussed excellence in Works, which is achieved through Karma Yoga. The other way to attaining the very same objective is through Gyana Yoga, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Yoga of Realization through Intelligent Will

Actors in a play make their act appear as realistic as possible for the audience to identify themselves with, without being touched themselves. So do sages, their minds fixed in the brahman (Supreme Conscious) perform all necessary activities of life without being touched by fruitive repercussions.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Action in Inaction and Inaction in Action

The greatest appeal of the Gita is in that it raises queries, conflicts, controversies, paradoxes, and a whole lot other, that exercise severe stress on our thought process. Only a discerning intellect, with training, will know that the seeming contradictions are not contradictions at all but... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Krishna's Shock Therapy to Arjuna

Sanjaya reports to King Dhritarashtra: Thus unto the grief-stricken (Arjuna), his sad eyes brimming with tears, utterly overwhelmed with compassion, Madhusudana (Lord Krishna) spoke these words: The Blessed Lord said: Whence, O Arjuna, art thou visited by gloom at this hour of crisis? It does not... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Misery and through it The Yoga of Dejection as a Tool for Justice

Here, in the metaphorical sense, let us understand the Sanskrit meaning of Rath, Rathi and Sarathi. Arjuna's chariot symbolically represents his body; his mind (as the rider-commander) Arjuna himself, and the charioteer and guide, Krishna, as Arjuna's soul (Atma). The Gita is thus the story of body,... Sign in to see full entry.

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