Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Quote

"Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms. When your conviction of a truth is not merely in your brain but in your being, you may diffidently vouch for its meaning.

"The rishis wrote in one sentence profundities that commentating scholars busy themselves over for generations. Endless literary controversy is for sluggard minds. What more quickly liberating thought than ‘God is’ - nay, ‘God’?

"But man does not easily return to simplicity. It is seldom ‘God’ for an intellectualist, but rather learned pomposities. His ego is pleased, that he can grasp such erudition."

-Sri Yukteswar

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Quote

“Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that is the way to live in this world.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda, In the Sanctuary of the Soul: A Guide to Effective Prayer

*A new documentary about Parahansa Yogananda screens this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Showtimes here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Thursday Quote

"Detachment is not indifference. It is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachments to our opinions. We want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy. It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others' needs and understand how to serve them."

-Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, October 06, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Thursday Quote

Question: What should one do to have success in Yoga?

Chandra Om: "Surrender oneself to the Lord. It is important to remember the Lord is dwelling inside of you, right there in the heart, as the real Self, as the Supreme teacher. So when you say you are surrendering to the Lord, you are truly surrendering to the higher Self. You are eradicating the ego, the lower nature, by continual practice of the Yamas and Niyamas, by constant practice and detachment. This is key. You must move from the mind to the heart. The mind is only a temporary phase, only an instrument of knowledge. Investigate what the mind is, and it will disappear and duality will cease. There is no such thing as mind apart from thought. Mind leads to doubts. But there is no end to doubts, so don’t focus on trying to remove them or ‘figure things out’. Seek the source of the doubts, the “I” or “ego”, and you will find they are truly non-existent. Only then, doubts will cease.

"You must move from the mind to the heart. When the mind gets absorbed in the heart there is not the slightest trace of “I” thought. Remain without distractions. The heart is the only reality. Your real Self is dwelling in the heart. To remain as one’s Self is to enter the heart. Self-surrender will lead to Self-realization. Surrender can only happen when the mind is done trying to comprehend or understand what true surrender means. Surrender is to give oneself up to the origin of one’s being. But remember, this original source exists within you—not outside of you. God Bless You."