21st Century Bhagavad Gita

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26 Divine Qualities

There are 26 qualities, which we are either born with or need to cultivate.

1)         Fearlessness

2)         Purity of mind

3)         Steadiness in contemplation

4)         Charity

5)         Dama Limits Controls of the Senses

6)         Yajna Sacrifice

7)         Svadhyay Self reflection Contemplation

8)         Tapas Practicer of Austerities like fasting etc.

9)         Arjavam Simplicity

10)      Ahimsa Non Violence

11)      Satya Truth Honesty

12)      Akrodha Anger less

13)      Tyaga Giving up or Renunciation

14)      Shanthi Peace Calmness Tranquility

15)      Apaisuna Non criticism or not criticizing others, Absence of Calumny

16)      Daya Mercy Forgiveness

17)      Aloluptva Non greedy

18)      Mardav Softness gentleness mildness leniency

19)      Hri Modesty

20)      Achapala Focused

21)      Tejas Brightness Light

22)      Kshema Engaged in welfare of others

23)      Dhrti Will power Steadfastness

24)      Saucha Cleanliness

25)      Adroha Faithfulness

26)      Natimanita Not looking for Accolades Praise.

 

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The Soul and The Spirit

The soul, in essence the reflection of Spirit, undergoes neither the pangs of birth nor the throes of death. Nor having once been projected from the womb of immortal Spirit will Prince Soul, on return to Spirit, lose its individuality; having entered the portals of nativity, its existence will never cease. In all its bodily births, the Spirit-soul never felt birth; it exists everlastingly, untouched by the Maya-magic fingers of change. It is ever the same—now, past, future—as it has always been; ageless, unchanged, since its immemorial beginnings. The deathless soul dwelling in the destructible body is ever constant through all cycles of bodily disintegrations; it does not taste death even when the body quaffs that fatal cup of hemlock.

The difference between soul and Spirit is this: The Spirit is ever existing, ever conscious, ever-new omnipresent Joy; the soul is the individualized reflection of ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Joy, confined within the body of each and every being.

Souls are the radiating rays of Spirit, individualized as formless, vibration less “atoms” and “tissues” of Spirit. Hence, they are coexistent with Spirit and of the same essence, as the sun and its rays are one. Though incarnate, the soul belongs to the numina region, which changes not. All material forms belong to the regions of phenomena; their very nature being alienated from Spirit, they change constantly. Phenomena arise from and are inseparably linked with numina; but the latter, being of Spirit, are immutable and transcendent. The outer surface of the soul’s consciousness that is cloaked with the instrumentalities of the ego, mind, and senses undergoes the permutations of Nature, but the soul’s essence remains inviolable. (…)

Numen, pl. numina, (an influence perceptible by mind but not by senses,) is a Latin term for a potential, guiding the course of events in a particular place or in the whole world, used in Roman philosophical and religious thought.

Spirit is who and what you really are. Pure eternal Spirit is your real Self, your essential nature, and the higher most part of your being. Spirit is impersonal, formless, and not an individualized thing. There is not a different spirit for each person. Spirit is ONE and shines over all, just as the one sun shines over everybody on this earth. My spirit is the same as your spirit. In fact, there is no such thing as “my spirit” or “your spirit” because Spirit knows no separateness. It is what Hinduism calls the Atman, the Self, and it is literally one and the same in essence and identity as the Supreme Spirit, the Supreme Self.

Just as a multitude of sparks are sent forth from a blazing fire, so countless “sparks” of the one Supreme Spirit were sent forth into this manifested universe an immeasurably long time ago and will eventually return to the One. Each Divine Spark is one and the same in essence and identity as the Divine Fire but it has to evolve through the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, and the animal kingdom until eventually – at the end of its journey through the animal kingdom – it gains and acquires for itself a SOUL.

The soul, unlike the spirit, is an individual thing. It is a permanent entity (after it has been unfolded out of the spirit) and is the self-conscious individuality or Ego, which incarnates and reincarnates in the human kingdom and beyond. It is the “I” of our being. It is the Consciousness Principle, the Mind Principle, in man. The soul is actually the same thing as the mind.

We should not make the mistake of thinking that the mind and the brain are the same thing because they are not. The brain is simply a physical organ and the mind is the individual soul, which thinks and expresses itself through, and with the aid of, that organ. We have a different brain in each lifetime because we have a different physical body each lifetime but the mind is the same each time. The mind/soul can never express itself in its fullness and entirety in one of its incarnations. It can only express itself partially and the extent to which it does so is determined by its Karma and level of evolution and development.

The soul reincarnates but the spirit does not. Souls are many but spirit is essentially ONE. No spiritual philosophy in history has ever claimed that it is the spirit, which reincarnates. Spirit never has any direct connection or contact with the physical form. One reason for this is that it is so subjective that it can have no direct or tangible relation with the objectivity of matter. The spirit is never within the human being but is always above him and “overshadowing” him, as his Real Self…as the ONE Self…as the Divine itself.

It is the task and mission of the soul to learn and realize that in its higher most being there is no individuality or separateness but just the ONE UNIVERSAL SELF, which we call Spirit or Atman. To re become this in consciousness, to consciously merge and permanently unite the soul with the Spirit, is to achieve and attain Yoga (Union) and this is the great goal of all. This has been the goal and achievement of all true mystics and esotericisms throughout the ages, both in the East as well as in the West, where this has sometimes been called the “mystical marriage.”

There is no excuse in this day and age for our confusing soul and spirit when the difference and distinction between the two has been so clearly and definitely explained and shown in the esoteric spiritual teachings of the world and more recently in the teachings of Theosophy, particularly the writings of H.P. Blavatsky. Once we cease to confound the two but comprehend more clearly the true nature of both, we can appreciate more deeply these beautiful and inspiring words from Sir Edwin Arnold’s poetic translation of the Bhagavad Gita, titled “The Song Celestial”…

Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never;Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams!Birth less and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit forever;Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!

The Gunas or Natures triune character

Sanskrit / Hindi English Satvik Rajasik Tamsik
Good / Expanding Activating Evil / Obstructing
Gyan Knowledge One Indestructible / undivided Spirit in all existence Different & distinct varied from one another, separateness Untrue/delusion/ stifled conscience, without reason
Kar Action / work Non Attached to the fruit, done without either love or hatred/ raga dveshNatural Process Longing for satisfaction of desires, donewith great insistent Effort Without thought, harmful to self & others, fickle, based on sensory joy.
Karta Ego/ Character/Doer/Agent Untouched by egotism or desire of fulfillment, filled with enthusiasm & firmness Attached, passion, greedy & emotional Conscienceless, arrogant, cheating, lazy, malicious
Buddhi Intelligence / Understanding Understands Dharma / rightful duty, has power of discrimination Dharma & Adharma is distorted, coloured by prejudices Ignorant of any Duty & bound by excessive living, bringing sorrow.
Dhriti Strength of mind/resolve/ fortitude/ patience Yoga for restraining the wayward oscillation of the mind & senses. Bound by duty but also the fruit of all desires & wealth. Conceited, fearful, sleepy, depressed, filled with negativity
Sukham Experience/HappinessSupreme Bliss From perceptive Discrimination arises a Self Realization, discipline is hard at first; lives a life of high idealsFirst poison then nectar, prasada. Based on sensory pleasures of the MBS, joy of possessing material objectsFirst nectar then poison First poison and later also poisonLack of any control, always excessive
Notes: There is no being on earth or in heaven (devas) who is completely free from SRT gunas.

Faith under control of the Gunas/Nature

There are three types of faith:
Tamasic faith which is because of dullness. Like when you do not want to take responsibility or action and you say, “Oh it doesn’t matter, anyway God will take care of all these things!” (laughter)
Rajasic faith which is brought on by intense compulsion of desires and ambition. The ambition keeps the faith alive.
Satvic faith is innocent and is born out of fullness of consciousness.
Faith and alertness, though apparently opposite in nature, are actually complementary to each other. In the absence of faith, there can be no growth, and there can be no correct understanding without alertness. Faith can make you complacent. Alertness makes you tense.
If there is no faith, there is fear. And when there is no alertness, one cannot perceive or express properly. A combination of both is essential.
In Gyana (state of wisdom) there is alertness without tension and faith without complacency. The purpose of education should be to remove the element of dullness from faith and the element of fear from alertness. This is a unique and rare combination. If you have faith and alertness at the same time, then you will become a true Gyani (the Wise One)!

Self Purification or Antah Karan Shuddhi

First, anna shuddhi, purification of grains. Good food, nutritious food, and the right amount of food is important.
Second, everyday a little bit of proper exercise is important. Even though you may have a car or a motor bike, sometime during the day, you should walk as well. Every day, at least for 20 minutes start walking, or doing some physical exercise.
Third, vaakya shuddhi, purification of speech. This is very important.
All of us must see that the words that we use do not hurt other people. If you have said something that hurts somebody, and if they are crying, then it is going to affect you somewhere.
Fourth, karma shuddhi. We must do seva. With service, our actions are purified.
Fifth, dhan shuddhi, i.e., purification of wealth. We should keep aside at least five per cent of whatever we earn, and use it for the society. Then the money that we earn will become purified. If we use whatever we earn for our self only, then that is not the best utilization of money. So, we must use a little portion of our earnings for the society.
Sixth, shareer shuddhi, i.e., purification of the body. Once in a week or a fortnight, take some Triphala, or some ayurvedic products to cleanse your body.
Seventh, bhaava shudhhi, i.e., purification of feelings. Do some satsang, listen to world philosophers for some time; it is necessary as it purifies the feelings.
Eighth, buddhi shuddhi is purification of the intellect. With knowledge the intellect is purified. A pure intellect comes when you look at life from a broader perspective. Who am I? What is this universe? Where am I going?

Life

Life is fair, and it’s still good.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
Pay off your credit cards every month.
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
Release your children when they become adults, it’s their life now.
Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. Take a deep breath It calms the mind. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are. Keep an open mind. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. The most important sex organ is the brain. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’ Always choose life. Forgive everyone everything. What other people think of you is none of your business. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. Believe in miracles. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young. Your children get only one childhood. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. The best is yet to come… No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Yield.. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 —–By a 90 yr old Lady who Lived life

Dharma

What is Dharma??

Dharma is the sacred law, invested with divine authority, for dharma is based on the Vedas, sacred scriptures revealed by the Divine to highly qualified sages. Dharma is a cosmic principle that is difficult, if not impossible, to define. Our Dharma is our true place in the cosmic process: in time, in space, in awareness, in thought, deed and desire. The eternal principle of Dharma determines the harmonious functions of the cosmic machine. In order that we fulfill our role in the divine play we must behave within our Dharma. That is, we ought to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. By this we attain balance. To establish balance within us ensures our own welfare and the welfare of society. And opens the path prepared for us by the divine.

In western societies it is Morality, ethics, virtue, righteousness and purity. Opposing forces are violence, materialism and egotistical attitudes.

The goal of dharma is universal welfare. Abiding in that dharma whose root is the three Vedas, The Vedas and Dharma go hand in hand.

Non-injury to all living beings is the highest dharma, and thus a Brahmin (supposedly the highest practitioner of dharma) should never injure any living being. Charity, austerity, truthfulness, as well as humility, beauty, forgiveness, and tolerance —

Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma) .
Any action that does not make you feel afraid or restless is Swadharma. That action which you feel compelled to do, without which you feel restless is swadharma. Now do not misunderstand this and say, ‘I feel restless if I do not drink alcohol’. No! Not at all.
Every time you feel restless, its not always because of Swadharma. But at the same time not following your swadharma always makes you feel restless.
That is why it is said in the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah’ (3.35).
When we do something without authenticity, just to show off to another person, that is when we feel fear because such action is not genuine, it does not come from the heart. But when we do something that is authentic and from the heart, then there is no fear.
When someone speaks lies, they definitely feel scared somewhere inside. But someone who speaks the truth does not feel scared at all. In fact speaking the truth and abiding by it brings so much strength to you, isn’t it? This is what Swadharma is. 
When we follow that which comes naturally to us in our life, then it brings abundance and prosperity to us. When we flow in accordance with our nature, we grow from within. Any action that uplifts us is our Swadharma.
Dharma is that which holds the mind, intellect, memory and our inner soul together in harmony. Growth comes when we follow our swadharma.

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.

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. 
Pandavas