Tuesday, November 29, 2011

these are from the e-mails in my inbox, as they appeared this morning, all in a row...

Today's Word of the Day from Anu Garg:


1. Not easily upset; tranquil.
2. Uniform; steady.
3. Free from extremes.

Today's Q&A from Swami Sivananda:

QUESTION #70: If God is just and merciful, why should there be so much misery in this world? Sometimes we see virtuous men suffer and hypocrites enjoy. What is the logic in this?

ANSWER: Misery is the eye-opener in this world. Had it not been for the presence of pain and misery, no one would attempt for salvation. Misery is a blessing in disguise.

Virtuous men treat suffering as a blessing as it develops the power of endurance and mercy, and makes them remember God always. They welcome suffering. They do not want worldly pleasure and prosperity. They have a changed vision. They always keep a balanced mind in pleasure and pain. You cannot understand their mental state. They rejoice in suffering. Your mind is still worldly. You cannot understand these things.

Today's Bhagavad-Gita Selection:

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.57. He who is everywhere without attachment, on meeting with
anything good or bad, who neither rejoices nor hates, his wisdom
is fixed.

COMMENTARY: The sage possesses poised understanding or evenness of mind. He does not rejoice in pleasure nor is he averse to pain that may befall him. He is quite indifferent as he is rooted in the Self. He has no attachment even for his life or body as he identifies himself with Brahman or the Supreme Self. He will not praise anybody when the latter does any good to him nor censure anyone when one does him any harm. This is the answer given by the Lord to Arjuna's query: "How does a sage of steady wisdom talk?"

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  2. Hello there, looks that way and the message is a necessary one for me this week too. Thanks.