21st Century Bhagavad Gita

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Month: May, 2013

Karma Quotes

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
― Confucius
Is Fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?”
― Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts
“it is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.”
― Jessica Brody, The Karma Club
“Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Once you’ve lived a little you will find that whatever you send out into the world comes back to you in one way or another. It may be today, tomorrow, or years from now, but it happens; usually when you least expect it, usually in a form that’s pretty different from the original. Those coincidental moments that change your life seem random at the time but I don’t think they are. At least that’s how it’s worked out in my life. And I know I’m not the only one.”
― Slash, Slash

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
“The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.”
― Ben Okri, Astonishing The Gods
“How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.”
― Daisaku Ikeda
“Dear Karma, I really hate you right now, you made your point.”
― Ottilie Weber, Family Ties

“I was in the biggest breakdown of my life when I stopped crying long enough to let the words of my epiphany really sink in. That whore, karma had finally made her way around and had just bitch-slapped me right across the face. The realization only made me cry harder.”
― Jennifer Salaiz
“If you’re really a mean person you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop.”
― Kurt Cobain

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The Vital Airs

The vital Airs +organs+ tanmatras+ chakras +mahabhut

  1. Udanathyroidmetabolization-vishuddha or cervical chakraether– runs upward through the spinal channel, leads the selfless up the long ladder of evolution, and the selfish downwards.
  2. Pranaheart-crystallization- anahat dorsal chakraair- in the eyes, ears, mouth & nose.
  3. Samananavel-digestion or assimilation- manipura lumbar chakrafire– the equalizing force in the middle digests food and kindles the seven fires.
  4. Vyana- wind / speed-circulation-svadhishthanasacral chakra – water– distributor of energy, moves through vital currents, radiating from the heart, where the Self lives
  5. Apana– downward force, in the organs of sex and excretion rectum-elimination of toxins- muladhara or coccygeal chakraearth

The duties of the five Pranas are as follows: Udana carries the Soul upward when the body dies, Prana remains in the upper part of the body, and always moves upward;  the Samana stays in the first section of the torso, digesting and distributing the food substances; the Vyana resides in the heart, and from there moves all over the body, its duty being the circulation of the blood; the Apana resides in the lower part of the body, or abdomen, and always flows downward.

Karma- revisited

Prarabdha Karma is a collection of past karmas, which are ready to be experienced through the present body.

Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your past karma that is being worked on in the present life. If you work on your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on.

Prarabdha-Karma (accumulative karma) the operative karma, whether good or evil, cannot be avoided, for the simple reason that we were born because of it, and we have to experience it in this life. ( present, continuous tense)

The prarabdha or accumulative karma, can also be postponed to future reincarnations, and because of that it is of a more voluntary character. The horoscope in this connection becomes quite a useful tool, a kind of blueprint, just like the way the knowledge of the seed leads to the knowledge of the plant and of the developments that it is likely to have.

In Hinduism, sanchita karma is the sum of one’s past karmas – all actions (good and bad) from one’s past life follow through to the next life. That is what is in store for us in this life.

Sanchita-Karma (operative karma) is the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt.

Agami-Karma (karma created in future), You are sowing the future seeds for future lives. As it is an open ongoing fluid account!

Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your “sanchita” karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to “sanchita” karma and are sent to future lives

the gunas

The three qualities (gunas) of the mind have to be transcended sequentially. Lethargy (Tamas) should be transformed into passionate activity (Rajas) and Rajas into serenity and poise (Satva) and finally into attribute less ness. The Gunas bind the person and leave impressions. 

Kama (desire) Dama (limit/control) Sama (deliberation/thought)

Kama (desire) resides in our senses, mind & intellect. The senses are the tools through which we experience & are the reason that desires  arise in our mind as we observe sense objects & the intellect finds means for fulfilling our desires. When a particular desire is important to us, we will use any means to fulfill it. But, we have to exercise our free will here & use our intellect to first control or limit our desires at the sense level, for example if you like a cheese sandwich everyday, then limit it to having one every other day & then further to once a week & so on. This is called the practice of dama (Limits/ control). Then after the desire is somewhat in control, then try to cut the desire at the level of thought– you deliberate if you really need to have that sandwich. This process of rationalization is called sama. (deliberation)

The 3 Types of Karma (Actions)

Sanchit Karma is due to our past actions what you go through in the present are the effects of that past. Either in previous births or in this birth.

Prarabhdh Karma is what we are experiencing currently due to our past and the effects or experiences you are creating at present. We are living that experience.

Agami Karma is the future seeds that we are sowing. Will germinate either in this life or the next. But you have yet to experience them. It is your stored future.

So, whether a person performs actions or karma by observing dharma/ righteousness, or not, the final effect leads to stored Karma (Sanchita) which literally means accumulation of good or bad actions. The final result of this Sanchita is Prarabdha (current destiny) which is the cause of present birth in a particular family of the gross body and its character, as the stored karma in their subtle form get accumulated on the manifested soul in the previous birth. As the stock of good karma would vary from individuals to individuals and Sanchita is exhausted, individuals come back sooner or later in this phenomenal world.

One’s actions are the “acted upon karma”. These lead to the divine law “what you are sowing now, you shall reap in future”. This acted upon karma leads to Agami karma, which literally means ahead or in future. So Agami karma becomes the base for your action in this birth as well as next birth. The birth in different kinds of families is not due to any accident or destiny and is due to law of Karma -as you sow, so shall you reap. No one can escape this stern law.

These laws relating to karma- sanchita, done karma, agami karma, prarabdha are “Adrsta”-Unseen where the stock taking of good or bad actions, merit and demerits apply. This is an intrinsic part of Vedic spiritual science.

The 3 intrinsic qualities of Nature: Gunas

Ahamkara (ego) is the self-arrogating principle that performs the function of abhimana or egoism. It creates mine-ness and  is therefore  the root cause of   all human  suffering.

Mind is under the constant  sway  of  the three gunas or qualities of Prakriti, namely, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.  Sattva  represents  purity or light; Rajas is passion or activity and is born of intense desire; whileTamas is inertia or darkness and represents crudeness. It is born of ignorance, the cause of delusion.

Each  of  these  three  gunas  is represented by a color.

Sattva is associated with white, the colour of purity. It is that aspect of  the Divine that is  invoked  as Goddess Saraswati, goddess of learning & knowledge. According to the Gita, Sattva binds us by attachment to happiness and knowledge; it  is luminous and healthy.

Rajas is associated with  the color red and is  that aspect of  the Divine invoked  as Goddess Lakshmi. The very nature of  Rajas is activity, passion and ambition.  The Rajasik person  hankers  after power, position, name, fame and comforts, and  is a hardcore materialist.

Tamas is  associated with the color black represented by that aspect of  the Divine Mother who is  invoked  as Goddess Kali. Tamas, according to the Gita,  is born of ignorance and  binds fast in heedlessness, sleep, indolence, and laziness. The Tamsik person is basically lethargic  and lacks the power of discrimination.

Preponderance of  rajas  results in  constant  wandering of the mind that becomes slave to various sensual objects. When the mind is filled with tamas,  it  becomes forgetful and deep sleep supervenes. If Sattva  dominates   the  mind, thoughts of God, brahmn-vichara, enquiry into truth, will manifest. The mind  becomes  one-pointed and the  seeker enters into a meditative mood  spontaneously.

Significantly, Sattva is always mixed with rajas and tamas; it does not exist in isolation. Hence it is important for the seeker to increase the Satvik  modifications like forgiveness, love, mercy, magnanimity, generosity, and truthfulness, in relation to the other two gunas in order to experience joy, purity, peace and, ultimately, spiritual enlightenment.

What is Divinity?

There are 24 qualities, which either we are born out of or one has to cultivate.

  1. Daan Charity
  2. Abhaya Fearlessness
  3. Dama Limits Control of the Senses
  4. Yajna Sacrifice
  5. Svadhyay Self reflection Contemplation
  6. Tapas Practicer of Austerities like fasting etc.
  7. Arjavam Simplicity
  8. Ahimsa Non Violence
  9. Satya Truth Honesty
  10. Akrodha Anger less
  11. Tyaga Giving up
  12. Shanthi Peace
  13. Apaisuna Non criticism or not criticizing others
  14. Daya Mercy
  15. Aloluptva Non greedy
  16. Mardav Softness gentleness mildness leniency
  17. Hri modesty
  18. Achapala Focused
  19. Tejas Brightness Light
  20. Ksama Forgiveness
  21. Dhrti Will power Steadiness in contemplation
  22. Saucha Purity of mind & body
  23. Adroha Faithfulness
  24. Natimanita Not looking for Accolades Praise. 

The four qualities of Vedanta

1)   Rise above the pairs of opposites like pleasure & pain. Have an evenness of the Mind

2)   Free from anxiety of acquiring and protecting material objects. Have discretion in action.     Use of objective intellect to decide on the right choices.

3)    One who is master of one self (established in the self) Has a certain Dissociation from the association of pain.

4) Our choice is only in the action never the results thereof.

The Kalpas or Yugas

kalpa

It is roughly calculated that a whole cycle of the four yugas, namely Sat, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali-yuga together, total about 12,000 celestial years in length.

“The learned say that these 12,000 celestial years form what is called a cycle. A thousand such cycles form a single day of Brahma. The same is the duration of Brahma’s night. With the beginning of Brahma’s day the universal entities come into being. During the period of universal dissolution the Creator [Brahma] sleeps in Yoga-meditation. When the period of sleep expires, He awakes. What is Brahma’s day covers a thousand such cycles. His night also covers a thousand similar cycles. On the expiry of His night, Brahma, waking up, modifies the indestructible intelligence by causing it to be overlaid with ignorance. He then causes Consciousness to spring up, whence it originates Mind which is at one with the Manifest.”

Satya-yuga is 1,440,000 human years in length, Treta-yuga is 1,080,000 years, Dvapara-yuga is 720,000 years, and Kali-yuga is 360,000 years in length. The Linga Purana (4.24-35) also agrees with this except for Treta-yuga, which it says is 1,800,000 years in length.

“Twelve thousand years of the demigods is the duration of the four yugas on earth. The duration of Satya-yuga is four thousand celestial years, Treta-yuga is three thousand celestial years, Dvapara-yuga is two thousand celestial years, and Kali-yuga is one thousand celestial years. The transitional periods of the four yugas are four hundred, three hundred, two hundred, and one hundred celestial years respectively. In this way, the total comes to twelve thousand celestial years. The duration of the reign of each Manu is seventy-one cycles of the four yugas. Fourteen Manus reign during one day of Brahma. This is also the duration of Brahma’s night [which is as long as his day].”

Chronological Chart of Brahma the Creators divine100 years.

Divine100 years = 41,500 days & 41,500 nights (83,000 cycles)

Each Divine year = 360 solar years (sun)

So Brahma’s life is 36,000 solar years (sun)

Each Day = 12,000 years Ascending Arc (days of Creation)

Each Night = 12,000 years Descending Arc (nights of Dissolution)

4800 years Spiritual Age or Sat yug ( Golden Age) Spiritual Age

3600 years  Mental Age or Treta yug (Silver Age) Psychical Age

2400 years Atomic or Dwapar yug (Bronze Age) Electrical Age

1200 years Material Age or Kali Yug (Iron Age) Physical Age (total delusion)

at Night all living creatures perish and a new age dawns of another 12,000 years.

This cycle continues 83,000 times.

83,000 (cycles) x 24,000 years = 1.99 billion years

Each Day and Night of Brahma= 8.64 Billion years

Life span of the Universe is supposed to be 300 trillion years.

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