22 Sep Karm Yog – Our Duties (Part 2)

Focusing further on the duties we are expected to perform in our social life, let us delve further into the Gita to understand its true meaning.

karma brahmodbhavaṁ viddhi brahmākṣhara-samudbhavam tasmāt sarva-gataṁ brahma nityaṁ yajñe pratiṣhṭhitam

The duties for human beings are described in the Vedas, and the Vedas are manifested by God himself. Therefore, the all-pervading Lord is eternally present in acts of sacrifice.

The Vedas emanated from the breath of God: asya mahato bhūtasya

niḥśhvasitametadyadṛigvedo yajurvedaḥ sāmavedo ’thavaṅgirasaḥ (Bṛihadāraṇyak Upaniṣhad 4.5.11)

"The four Vedas—Ṛig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sāma Veda, Atharva Veda— all emanated from the breath of the Supreme Divine Personality."

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02 Jul Karm Yog – Working Without Desire

Karm Yog requires detachment from the fruits of actions. Such detachment comes by practicing discrimination with the intellect. Hence, Shree Krishna has interestingly called it buddhi yog, or “Yog of the Intellect.”

Having motivated Arjun from the mundane level, Shree Krishna now moves deeper into the science of work. Arjun had expressed his fear that by killing his enemies he would incur sin. Shree Krishna addresses this apprehension. He advises Arjun to do his duty, without attachment to the fruits of his actions. Such an attitude to work will release him from any sinful reactions. When we work with selfish motives, we create karmas, which bring about their subsequent karmic reactions.

The Māṭhar Śhruti states,

“If you do good deeds, you will go to the celestial abodes; if you do bad deeds, you will go to the nether regions; if you do a mixture of both, you will come back to the planet Earth.”

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22 May Devotion – Action and Inaction

Are we responsible for our actions? People some times think that practice of devotion is not in the hands of the person but completely dependent on God. How true is it? Spiritual progress is all about self effort and how much we involve the mind. Many people diminish the need for self-effort in their minds by saying, "Nothing is in our hands.  God is seated within us.  He is the doer of all our actions, and we act as He inspires us."
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15 Jul Jo Piya Ruchi Maha Ruchi Rakhe – 3 (Divine Love)

Part 3 – Develop Hunger for Divine Love

  The power of Divine Love enslaves the Lord of the universe Himself and therefore it should be the most desirable thing for any human being. There is unquestionably no pleasure in this world that can be even vaguely compared to the bliss that Divine Love of God has to offer. And since it is the highest bliss, it is also the last thing that God grants to His devotees. Divine Love may me the most desired, yet it is bestowed the least by God. Sage Narad says in His Narad Bhakti Darshan:

prakāshate kvāpi pātre (Narad Bhakti Darshan, Sutra 53)

“Very rarely does some fortunate soul receive Divine Love”.

Saint Tulsidas says:

kahuṁ kahuṁ vrishti shāradi tori, kou eka pāva bhagati jimi mori

(Ramcharitmanas)

Just the way it is an extremely rare occasion to witness rains in the month of Kartik, it is also an exception for God to bestow His Divine Love power. Kartik is the month following the monsoon season in India and as a general observation it never rains in that month. So Tulsidas Ji says, “This Divine Love is received by one out of millions.”
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