Yogi is superior to the ritualists. Therefore, O Arjuna, be a yogi. (6.46)

From: "jagbir singh" <adishakti_org@...>
Date: Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:03 pm
Subject: The yogi is superior to the ritualists. Therefore, O Arjuna, be a yogi. (6.46)

—- In adishakti_sahaja_yoga@yahoogroups.com, "jagbir singh"
<adishakti_org@y...> wrote:
> The only way to progress is to contemplate deeply and meditate on
> Her 1000 names. Even grasping Her first name as "Sri Mata" and
> deeply contemplating its fathomless depth will go a long way in
> your ascend, and enlightenment will compel you to abandon all
> external rituals and accumulated ignorance. The Holy Mother within
> is the causative and creative force of the entire universe. She is
> infinite and limitless. She is omnipresent both in forms and as
> formless. She is all powerful to remove all kinds of sorrows and
> sufferings. As K. K. Klostermaier, in "Hinduism: A Short History"
> explains: "Devi is avidya because she binds, and vidya because she
> liberates." Those who seek and meditate on the Shakti within will
> gain the vidya that liberates. They will abandon all external
> rituals and accumulated ignorance that binds them in avidya.
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adishakti_sahaja_yoga/message/4596

Bhagavad-Gita: The Path of Meditation

"The Supreme Lord said: One who performs the prescribed duty
without seeking its fruit is a Samnyasi and a (Karma) yogi, not the
one who merely does not light the sacred fire, and does not work.

O Arjuna, know that to be the Karma-yoga which they call Samnyasa.
No one becomes a Karma-yogi who has not renounced the selfish motive
behind an action. (6.02)

For the wise who seeks to attain yoga (of meditation or the
equanimity of mind), Karma-yoga is said to be the means; for the one
who has attained yoga, the equanimity becomes the means (of Self-
Realization). (6.03)

A person is said to have attained yogic perfection when there is no
desire for sensual pleasures, or attachment to the fruits of work,
and has renounced all personal selfish motives. (6.04)

One must elevate, not degrade, oneself by one's own mind.
The mind alone is one's friend as well as one's enemy. (6.05)

The mind is the friend of those who have control over it,
and the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.

One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in
pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast
with the Supreme Self. (6.07)

A yogi is called Self-realized who is satisfied with knowledge and
understanding of the Self, who is equanimous, who has control over
the (mind and) senses, and to whom a clod, a stone, and gold are the
same. (6.08)

A person is considered superior who is impartial towards companions,
friends, enemies, neutrals, arbiters, haters, relatives, saints, and
sinners. (6.09)

Let the yogi—seated in solitude and alone—having mind and
senses under control and free from desires and attachments for
possessions, try constantly to contemplate on the Supreme Self.

The yogi should sit on a firm seat that is neither too high nor too
low, covered with sacred Kusha grass, a deerskin, and a cloth, one
over the other, in a clean spot. (6.11)

Sitting (in a comfortable position) and concentrating the mind on a
single object, controlling the thoughts and the activities of the
senses, let the yogi practice meditation for self-purification.

Hold the waist, spine, chest, neck, and head erect, motionless and
steady, fix the eyes and the mind steadily between the eye brows,
and do not look around. (6.13)

With serene and fearless mind; practicing celibacy; having the mind
under control and thinking of Me; let the yogi sit and have Me as
the supreme goal. (6.14)

Thus, by always keeping the mind fixed on the Self, the yogi whose
mind is subdued attains peace of the Supreme nirvana by uniting with
Me. (6.15)

This yoga is not possible, O Arjuna, for the one who eats too much,
or who does not eat at all; who sleeps too much, or who keeps awake.

But, for the one who is moderate in eating, recreation, working,
sleeping, and waking, this yoga (of meditation) destroys (all)
sorrow. (6.17)

A person is said to have achieved yoga, the union with the Self,
when the perfectly disciplined mind gets freedom from all desires,
and becomes absorbed in the Self alone. (6.18)

As a lamp in a spot sheltered (by Brahman) from the wind (of
desires) does not flicker, this simile is used for the subdued mind
of a yogi practicing meditation on Brahman. (6.19)

When the mind disciplined by the practice of meditation becomes
steady, one becomes content in the Self by beholding Him with
(purified) intellect. (6.20)

One feels infinite bliss that is perceivable only through the
intellect, and is beyond the reach of the senses. After realizing
Brahman, one is never separated from absolute reality. (6.21)

After Self-Realization, one does not regard any other gain
superior to Self-Realization. Established in Self-Realization, one
is not moved even by the greatest calamity. (6.22)

The (state of) severance of union with sorrow is known by the name
of yoga. This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and
perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts. (6.23)

Totally abandoning all selfish desires, and completely restraining
the senses (from the sense objects) by the intellect; (6.24)

One gradually attains tranquility of mind by keeping the mind fully
absorbed in the Self by means of a well-trained (and purified)
intellect, and thinking of nothing else. (6.25)

Whosesoever this restless and unsteady mind wanders away, one should
(gently) bring it back to the reflection of the Supreme. (6.26)

Supreme bliss comes to a Self-realized yogi whose mind is tranquil,
whose desires are under control, and who is free from sin (or
faults). (6.27)

Such a sinless yogi, who constantly engages the mind with the Self,
easily enjoys the infinite bliss of contact with Brahman. (6.28)

Because of perceiving the (same) Self (abiding) in all beings and
all beings (abiding) in the (same) Self; a yogi, who is in union
with the Self, sees every being with an equal eye. (6.29)

Those who see Me in everything and see everything in Me, are not
separated from Me and I am not separated from them. (6.30)

The non-dualists, who adore Me as abiding in all beings, abide in Me
irrespective of their mode of living. (6.31)

One is considered the best yogi who regards every being like
oneself, and who can feel the pain and pleasures of others as one's
own, O Arjuna. (6.32)

Arjuna said: O Krishna, You have said that yoga of meditation is
characterized by the equanimity (of mind), but, due to restlessness
of mind I do not perceive the steady state of mind. (6.33)

Because the mind, indeed, is very unsteady, turbulent, powerful, and
obstinate, O Krishna. I think restraining the mind is as difficult
as restraining the wind. (6.34)

The Supreme Lord said: Undoubtedly, O Arjuna, the mind is restless
and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by Abhyaasa (or
constant vigorous spiritual practice with perseverance), and
Vairaagya (or detachment), O Arjuna. (6.35)

In My opinion, yoga is difficult for the one whose mind is not
subdued. However, yoga is attainable by the person of subdued mind
by striving through proper means. (6.36)

Arjuna said: For the faithful but of unsubdued mind, who deviates
from (the path of) meditation and fails to attain yogic perfection —
what is the destination of such a person, O Krishna? (6.37)

Do they not perish like a dispersing cloud, O Krishna, having lost
both (yoga and Bhoga, the heavenly and worldly pleasures),
supportless and bewildered on the path of Self-realization? (6.38)

O Krishna, only You are able to completely dispel this doubt of
mine. Because there is none, other than You, who can dispel this
doubt. (6.39)

The Supreme Lord said: There is no destruction, O Arjuna, for such a
yogi either here or hereafter. A transcendentalist is never put to
grief (or bad state), My dear friend. (6.40)

The unsuccessful yogi is reborn, after attaining heaven and living
there for many years, in the house of the pure and prosperous; or

Such a yogi is born in a family of wise transcendentalists. A birth
like this is very difficult, indeed, to obtain in this world. (6.42)

After taking such a birth, O Arjuna, one regains the knowledge
acquired in the previous life, and strives again to achieve
perfection. (6.43)

The unsuccessful yogi is instinctively carried towards Brahman by
virtue of Sanskaara (or the impressions) of yogic practices of
previous lives. Even the inquirer of Brahman surpasses those who
perform Vedic rituals. (6.44)

The yogi who diligently strives, perfecting (gradually) through many
incarnations, becomes completely free from all sins (or
imperfections) and reaches the supreme goal (of Self-realization).

The yogi is superior to the ascetics. The yogi is superior to the
(Vedic) scholars. The yogi is superior to the ritualists. Therefore,
O Arjuna, be a yogi. (6.46)"

The Path of Meditation
Bhagavad-Gita 6.01-46



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