Wednesday, August 11, 2010

III: 30

Chapter 3, Verse 30

"Offer to me all your works,
Resting your mind in me,
Remaining free from vain hopes
And selfish preoccupation.
Basking in this inner peace,
Fight the fight."

Mahatma Gandhi:

"Those who understand that the Atman inhabiting the body is a part of the Supreme Atman will dedicate everything to him, even as the faithful servant acts as a mere shadow of his master, dedicating to him all that he accomplishes. The master is the real doer, the servant but the instrument."

Srila Prabhupada:

"Cashiers may count millions of dollars for their employer without claiming a cent for themselves. This sums up our constitutional position: to discharge our prescribed duties without claiming proprietorship and for the good will of the Supreme Lord."

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

"The conditions of the nervous system, which is the physical machinery through which consciousness expresses itself, needs to be consciously refined so that both states, inner and outer, may be experienced simultaneously. This is brought about by regularly interrupting the incessant movement of the waking state of consciousness with periods of silence in meditation. When, through this practice, the nervous system has been permanently conditioned to maintain these two states together, then the consciousness will remain unbrokenly anchored in the Self. This anchoring allows one to surrender all actions to the higher power."

Sri Eknath Easwaran:

"It is only when we have expectations that we have disappointments, get frustrated, become insecure, and try to manipulate others. Krishna is telling Arjuna, and us, that gradually we will find that as we detach ourselves from speculative outcomes, we will be better able to focus on the work at hand. Krishna is saying in so many words, 'If you want to give your very best in selfless service, choose the right goal, the right means, and leave the rest to me. Whatever I give accept with gratitude. Say yes if it is joy. Say yes if it is sorrow. Then you will be free.' "

[Saying yes to joy is easy. Saying yes to pain and sorrow is not so easy.]

Eckhart Tolle:

"When we say yes to what is, we become aligned with the power and intelligence of life itself. Taking responsibility for this moment means not opposing internally the suchness of Now, which is as it is because it cannot be otherwise. Underneath surface appearances, all things are part of the totality of a cosmos that has brought about the form that this moment is manifesting."

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