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Venkatesananda daily bhagavad gita readings- 20 April

Venkatesananda Daily Reading - 20 April

Bhagavad Gita

v:6 - sannyaasastu mahaabaaho duhkham aaptuma yogatah yogayukto munir brahma nachirenaa dhigacchati
v:7 - yogayukto vishuddhaatmaa vijitaatmaa jitendriyah sarvabhootaatmabhootaatmaa kurvannapi na lipyate
v:6 - merely renouncing all activities yet not engaging in the devotional service is hard to realise. but the wise engaged in devotional service can achieve the supreme without delay.
v:7 - one who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. though always working, such a man is never entangled.
this renunciation of egoism, private desires and hopes is impossible without the practice of yoga.
this is described in the next two verses.
it will be seen there from that the practice of this yoga involves dynamic living.
without this dynamism one might fall into the error of clinging to inflated, subtle, false values, after unwittingly renouncing the right values - even as a man who peels a banana sitting inside a railway train might throw the fruit out of the window and put the skin into his mouth.

the ever-watchful yogi acts in this world in the right spirit.
he finds that life itself offers him countless opportunities of discovering his own hidden evils, of purifying his heart, of detecting the wiles of the cunning ego, of understanding the innumerable guises in which his own lower self might appear and lead him astray, and of piercing the veil of maya.

he who practises the yoga described in the next few verses will discover that the world, far from being a hindrance, is truly a great help in the practice of yoga.
the bhagavatam assures us that that is truly the purpose of the lord's creation - to help the souls to evolve, to awaken, and to lead them to enlightenment.

the yogi must realize that his self is the self of all - how can he do that if he 'renounces' the world and all activities?
it is in the context of an active life in the world that yogi discovers how the momentary experiencer - the ego - is turned into a permanent entity by a trick of memory - the me.
this discovery is the ending of the ego.
it is the arising of the spirit of yoga.
life offers countless opportunities of discovering the own hidden evils, of purifying the heart, of detecting the wiles of the cunning ego, of understanding the innumerable guises in which the own lower self might appear and leads astray, and of piercing the veil of maya.

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"the yogi must realize that his self is the self of all - how can he do that if he 'renounces' the world and all activities?"

Its like what Jesus said in the bible, love thy neighbor as thyself..He never deserted his activities to go meditate either, he use to meditate at night when other were asleep..

Also I recall a story I read in the bible..A prostitute was surrounded by people that were cursing her and wanted to beat her or kill her..and jesus said "he who is without sin cast the first stone" nobody threw anything. :D

Lol wish I was there to see that LIVE :P

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