Wednesday, June 22, 2011

IV: 32

Chapter 4, Verse 32

"Many forms of worship
May lead to freedom, Arjuna.
All these are born of action.
When you know this,
You will be free.

Father Bede Griffiths

"The teaching of the Gita, therefore, is that we are to transform all our work into worship and that whatever work we do is to be offered to the higher power. With this attitude of worship, we become free."

Sri Aurobindo:

"These forms are all means by which the action of the human being can be offered up to That of which the outward existence is a part and with which the inmost Self is one."

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"Understanding the significance of the various liberating actions described in the scriptures, learned from Yogis or realized by intuition, students adopt those particular methods of spiritual ceremony most suitable for themselves and practice them wholeheartedly. Consequently, they receive the resulting inner, intuitive perceptions and merge into freedom.

[When I was trying to get a tutoring job with the local school system, I went down to the police station to get fingerprinted as part of the process. The policeman who fingerprinted me said an interesting thing during our time together. "There is always an emotional component in any life-changing experience." We were going through the fingerprinting process, but he was talking about soulprinting. Spiritual practice in all its forms will be dry and largely ineffective without the wholehearted elements of faith, devotion, enthusiasm, reverence, and humility.]

Baba Hari Dass:

"Work without devotion is sand."

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