A Series of Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita: #3 Meditation

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Here Krisha encourages Arjuna to seek “the Self” (read Brahman or God) through meditation.  The world without leads ultimately to restlessness and dissatisfaction.  But those who practice meditation will be “free from affliction.”  My favorite image here is that of the mind as an “unwavering flame in a windless place.”  Seeking satisfaction in the world, we can be like a flame in the wind, this … Continue reading

A Series of Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita: #2 Awakened Sages and Wisdom

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In this excerpt, Krishna refrences some crazy Hindu beliefs about rebirth (whooops, that’s not very pc is it? – yes, I went there), and more importantly discusses the freedom that comes from being “established in the Self.”  This is basically the Hindu way of saying “He must increase and I must decrease” or “not I, but Christ (God) in me.”  The more you are filled … Continue reading

A Series of Quotes from The Bhagavad Gita: #1 Selfless Service

Although The Bhagavad Gita is not conventionally classified as the most authoritative writing in the Hindu Scriptures (as it is not a part of the Vedas), it may be the most influential and widely read.  Embedded in the middle of the Mahabharata, the great battle epic of ancient India (think Iliad), the Gita is an extended aside that bears the vivid stamp of personal mystic … Continue reading