Wednesday, June 17, 2009

II: 40

Chapter 2, Verse 40

"On this path, no effort is wasted.
No gain is ever lost.
Even a little of this practice
Will shelter you from fear."

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"In the material world, success is measured by tangible, though often short-lasting, results. On the spiritual path, results being primarily psychological are often intangible. They are real, nonetheless, and everlastingly beneficial. Spiritual success begins as subtle transformations in the consciousness of the inner being. They are to be measured according to their peace-giving qualities. When devotees meditate deeply, they are bound to feel an ever-increasing peace, more precious than any worldly possession. To maintain that peace within, in spite of the ever-changing circumstances of life, is to be happier than a king, who, amid outwardly favorable circumstances, is often inwardly miserable and fearful."

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

"Self-realization cannot become actualized unless people give themselves completely to the process. In order to be able to give themselves completely to it, they have to know two things: first, that it is within their power to accomplish, and secondly, that its accomplishment will be of everlasting benefit to them and to the world. This is why Krishna speaks the words of this verse. Arjuna is being prepared for the direct experience of reality which will dissolve all doubt and bring stability to his life."


gj said...

I find it really true what Paramahansa Yogananda says about results on the spiritual path being intangible but real, and having to be measured according to their peace-giving qualities. And the nice thing is that the success rate increases with time, which makes people on the spiritual path happier as they get older and free from the fear of aging.

Krishna Jaya said...

While many believe hate to be the opposite of love, I feel that fear is love's opposite, and therefore it follows that freedom from fear is love.

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