Wednesday, November 2, 2011

V: 8

Chapter 5, Verse 8

" 'I am not doing any work,'
Think those who are in sync
With the higher power
And have experienced the truth."

Srila Prabhupada:

"Although people in Krishna consciousness appear to be acting 'normally,' underlying their behavior is the constant awareness of their actual position which can be expressed as 'spiritual engagement.' When material consciousness is operative, the senses are engaged in sense gratification, while in Krishna consciousness the senses are engaged in the satisfaction of Krishna's senses. All actions are performed as service of the Lord, because they are based on the understanding that one is his eternal servant."

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"Behold your senses moving and working in and through the world, guided by God's plan and not by the whims of ego. By living in this consciousness, you will have no interest in working for yourself, but will be honored to be associated with the fascinating work of God."

(January 7, 1937) Student: "Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, 'Yoga is skill in action.' What is this skill, and how is it to be gained?"

Sri Ramana Maharshi:

"Do your actions without caring for results. Do not think that you are the doer. Dedicate the work to God. That is both the skill and the way to gain it."


"Krishna also describes Yoga as equanimity. What is the nature of this equanimity?"

Sri Ramana Maharshi:

"It is the awareness of unity in diversity. The universe is customarily seen to be diverse. Turn this around, and see the common factor (Sama) in all so-called objects. When this is successfully accomplished, the pairs of opposites (Dwandwani) are transcended. This is equanimity."

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