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Swami Venkatesananda daily bhagavadgita readings 6,7 April

Venkatesanandaya (Bhagavad Gita) Daily Reading - 6 April

iv:19 - yasya sarve samaarambhaah kaamasankalpa varjitaah jnaanaagni dagdhakarmaanam tam aahuh panditam budhaah
iv:20 - tyaktwaa karmaphalaasangam nityatripto niraashrayah karmany abhipravritto pi nai va kinchit karoti sah
iv:19 - he whose undertakings are all devoid of desires, and whose actions have been burnt by the fire of knowledge, the wise call him a sage.
iv:20 - abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engaged in all kinds of undertakings.
the ever-vibrant universe is rooted in the supremely quiescent brahman - absolute reality.
brahman is supreme peace itself. 
the ever active body is indwelt by the self.
the self is the peace that passeth understanding. 
beneath the turbulent surface, the ocean itself is calm. 
fragmentation is conflict.
wholeness - holiness - is peace.

activity is the nature of form.
quiescence is the nature of the spirit. 
ignorant superimposition of the characteristics of the form on the spirit is the root-cause of endless suffering. 

he who regards the quiescent spirit as the doer of actions, paradoxically endeavours to restrain the form - body and mind - from their natural activity. 
such a man is full of tensions. 
he thinks he knows what to do and what not to do.
he is full of desires and schemes. 
desires and schemes are the generators of tension. 
he does not know what he is. 
only self-knowledge removes selfishness. 

hence gurudev sivananda emphasised, in that order: 
'be good, do good'.

the cell that is ignorant of the body, entertains selfish desires and has its own private schemes. 
when the fire of the knowledge - that we are all cells in the body of god - burns this ignorance, then contentment arises. 
this contentment is born of total self-surrender to the will of god.
selfishness, egoism, and their retinue of evil disappear, even as the ghosts of the dreamer's dream vanish on his waking.

a man who is awake in this knowledge is not idle.
he is a true channel for the flow of god's will. 
the actions of such a man are movements in cosmic consciousness, without cause, without goal, without dependency, and without the idea 'i do this'.
fragmentation is conflict.
wholeness - holiness - is peace.
he who regards the quiescent spirit as the doer of actions, paradoxically endeavours to restrain the form - body and mind - from their natural activity.

Venkatesananda Daily Reading (Bhagavad Gita) - 7 April

iv:21 - niraasheer yatachittaatmaa tyaktasarvaparigrahah shaareeram kevalam karma kurvannaapnoti kilbisham
iv:22 - yadricchaalaabhasantushto dwandwaateeto vimatsarah samah siddha avasiddhau cha kritwaa pi na nibadhyate
iv:21 - without hope and with the mind and the self controlled, having abandoned all greed, doing mere bodily action, he incurs no sin.
iv:22 - content with what comes to him without effort, free from the pairs of opposites, free from envy, even-minded in success and failure, though acting, he is not bound.
desire and its consequent 'planned activity', are the generators of evil.
when they happen to be in accordance with divine will, they confirm the ego in its self-arrogating doership of actions.
when they are not, and so there is failure, they cause tension.
this intensifies the soul's ignorance.

the wise man's mind, too, may entertain hope. 
if he is a perfected yogi, it will invariably be the reflection of the divine will. 
if he is an earnest seeker, he will hope for success.
but he will be prepared for the opposite! 
thus he goes beyond both. 

this is not merely 'positive thinking'.
it is 'perfect thinking'!
we strive, for that is our birthright.
the expression of divine nature in us is out birthright, too. 
this effort may even be backed by 'positive thinking' and wishing for the best. 
but it is free from egoistic projection of self-will, for we are prepared for what at the moment appears to be the worst - in the knowledge that god's will is ever the best. 
this fusion of positive and negative is perfect thinking which transcends both.

pain and pleasure, success and failure, are the egoistic interpretation of the divine will, when the selfish man breaks life into fragments, or foolishly imagines that the coin of life has only one side - the pleasant, successful! 
corners and patches of a painting appear ugly or beautiful, dark or bright.
when the whole painting is seen, they coalesce into a masterpiece of portraiture.

the yogi is not a gloomy pessimist. 
he hopes for the best.
but, whatever happens as the best, he accepts. 
in him the sins of ignorance, desire, and private hope, are absent.
we strive, for that is our birthright.
the expression of divine nature in us is out birthright, too.

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