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Decision making

way to lightAlways think first of what you are about to do and how it will affect you. To act on impulse is not freedom, for you will be bound by the unpleasant effects of wrong actions. But to do those things your discrimination tells you are good for you is all-freeing. That kind of wisdom-guided action makes for a divine existence.

~ Paramhans Yogananda

Rhododendrons in the himalayas

rhododendrons

An advantage of being in the Himalayas in April is that's when the rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, are in full bloom.  The colors - vivid pinks and reds - are magnificent, especially against the green of the forest and the snow-capped mountains. Read more

Duty and competition

Competition rouses envy, and it kills the kindliness of the heart. To the grumbler all duties are distasteful; nothing will ever satisfy him, and his whole life is doomed to prove a failure. Let us work on, doing as we go whatever happens to be our duty, and being ever ready to put our shoulders to the wheel. Then surely shall we see the Light!

~ Swami Vivekananda

How to work - Karma yoga

work like a master, not a slave You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do slave's work. Do you not see how everybody works? Nobody can be altogether at rest; ninety-nine per cent of mankind work like slaves, and the result is misery; it is all selfish work. Work through freedom! Work through love!

The word "love" is very difficult to understand; love never comes until there is freedom. There is no true love possible in the slave. If you buy a slave and tie him down in chains and make him work for you, he will work like a drudge, but there will be no love in him.

So when we ourselves work for the things of the world as slaves, there can be no love in us, and our work is not true work. This is true of work done for relatives and friends, and is true of work done for our own selves.

Selfish work is slave's work; and here is a test. Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction.

Excerpt from Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

Self-pride

Pride is self-administration, considering ourselves to be superior to others. Inherent is that feeling that others are inferior. As human beings we are governed by emotions that are both negative and positive . Pride is a negative quality. Pride manifests in us as feeling s and thoughts that proclaim that we are better than others in terms of wealth, appearance, status, popularity, youthful looks, religion and country.

Pride with respect to lower quality can be beneficial. With respect to Absolute it is negative. Society accords pride a high position in the hierarchy of qualities. Pride can lift one's sense of self and bolster confidence. Self-esteem helps us overcome dejection and fear. Someone could be in a total state of depression brought on by shame or guilt, considiring the extreme step of suicide. At such a moment, it is self-pride that motivates the individual tp rise from the depths of confusion, non-action and depression.

~ Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati (Chinmaya Mission)

 

Mandukya Upanishad - Sanskrit text and English translation

The mystic sound Aum is explained in detail in the Mandukya Upanishad. Sanskrit text...

Aum

O gods, with our ears may we hear that which is auspicious…

Adorable Ones, with our eyes may we see that which is auspicious. While praising the gods, with steady limbs may we enjoy the life that is allotted by the gods. May Indra of ancient fame be auspicious to us. May Pusan and the Visva-Devas be propitious to us. May Tarksya of unhampered movement, be well disposed towards us. May Brihaspati ensure our welfare. Aum! Peace! Peace! Peace!

1. Aum this syllable is all this… An explanation of that… All that is past, the present and the future, all this is the syllable Aum. And whatever else there is beyond the threefold time, that too is only the syllable Aum.

2. All this is verily Brahman. This self is Brahman. This same self has four quarters.

3. The first quarter is Vaishvanara, whose sphere is the waking state, who cognises extemal objects, who has seven limbs and nineteen mouths and who experiences gross objects

4. The second quarter is Taijasa, whose sphere is the dream state, who cognises internal objects, who has seven limbs and nineteen mouths, and who experiences the subtle objects.

5. Where one being fast asleep does not desire any desire whatsoever and does not see any dream whatsoever that is deep sleep. The third quarter is prajna, whose sphere is the state of deep sleep, who has become one, who is verily a mass of cognition, who is full of bliss and who experiences bliss, whose face is thought

6. This is the lord of all. This is the knower of all. This is the inner controller. This is the source of all. This is the beginning and the end of beings.

7. Turiya is not that which cognises the internal, not that which cognises the external, not what cognises both of them, not a mass of cognition, not cognitive, not non-cognitive. lt is unseen, incapable of being spoken of, unnameable. the essence of the knowledge of the one self that into which the world is resolved, the peaceful, the benign, the non-dual, such they think, is the fourth quarter. He is the self: He is to be known.

8. This is the self which is of the nature of the syllable Aum, in regard to its elements. The quarters are the elements, the elements are the quarters, namely the letter ‘a’, the letter ‘u’ and the letter ‘m’.

9. Vaishvanara, whose sphere is the waking state, is the letter ‘a’, the first element, either from the root ‘ap’ to obtain or from being the first. He who knows this obtains verily, all desires. Also he becomes first.

10. Taijasa, whose sphere is the dream state, is the letter ‘u’. It the second element, from exaltation or inter-mediateness. He who knows this exalts, verily, the continuity of knowledge and he becomes equal: in his family is born no one who does not know Brahman.

11. Prajna, whose sphere is the state of deep sleep, is the letter ‘m’, the third element, either from the root ‘mi’, to measure or because of merging. He who knows this measures all this and merges also.

12. The fourth is that which has no elements, which cannot be spoken of, into which the world is resolved, benign, non- dual. Thus the syllable ‘Aum’ is the very self. He who knows it thus enters the self with his self.

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