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."




5 comments:

  1. I'm having trouble with that surrender thing--this week especially and always.

    Looking forward to seeing you when you are back.

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  2. Great post of Chandra Om and a good follow-up comment by Gail. The American culture just doesn’t ‘go for’ this surrendering business.

    However, I think Chandra Om nails it with her statement: “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.”

    I’ve been reading a lot of Chandra Om lately on her web site. I’m probably not telling anything new here, since most people that read this site also reads Chandra Om’s site. However, I’m glad to see her comments being spread.

    Ralph from DeKalb

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  3. Ralph, at least I get a liturgical do-over tonight for my past failings if I chant Kol Nidre (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvWxoYULWrw).

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  4. One place to start is by spending an entire day not using the words "I," "me," or "mine."

    If that's too easy, one could spend a day devoid of any actions that have a selfish motive.

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  5. Oh boy--there is definitely some work to do here. Counting messages in the Outlook mailbox showed about 70% of those sent had I/me/mine in them, as opposed to only about 45% of those received. Oops!

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