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"India preserves the knowledge that preserves the World." Sri Aurobindo



Five Basic Elements of Nature

  • Earth functions as the root, ground, or source within each phenomenon, solidity.

  • Water entails flow, continuity, penetration.

  • Fire entails life, heat, activity, clarity in the mind

  • Air depicting change, movement, maturity, life supporting.

  • Space intelligence, communication, formlessness, and creative potential.


Bhagavad Gita Quotes

  • Freedom. Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.

  • Feelings. When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear them patiently.

  • Senses. The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.

  • Doubts.  Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.

  • Disarray..  The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy?

  • Failure.  On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.

  • Gratitude.  Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water I accept with joy..

  • Honor.  For one who has been honored, dishonor is worse than death.

  • Altruism.  That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred. Living beyond the reach of I and mind, and of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, contented, self-controlled, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me with such a one I am in love.

  • Self-Mastery.  Those who have conquered in peace, alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, praise and blame...To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same...Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.

  • Infinity.  Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee which thou holdest most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.

  • Meditation.  When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

  • Detachment. Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.

  • Brainstilling. Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart.

  • Worshiping. I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear. But those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them.


Integral Yoga

Values of the Indian Philosophy for Today's Life

  1. Focus on keeping it simple

  2. Capacity to provide multiple choices in pursuit of the ultimate

  3. Viewing each individual as having high potential for excellent performance

Man is God-potential

Indian philosophy has viewed each individual as trying to realize his identity. Rama,   a combination of the Divine in the human and the human in the Divine, is the supreme example of how people should conduct themselves in the world, how a country should be governed, how the integrity and morality of human beings should be protected. High-minded actions, ideal qualities, and sacred thoughts are basic foundations of his character. "Rama is immanent in the entire cosmos. Rama is present everywhere. Hence you have to love all, serve all..."3

"Indian philosophy has always encouraged people to raise themselves above day-to-day trappings of life, seek meaning with factors which go beyond the usual and connect purpose of life with a super-ordinate meaning."1

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gītā (Song of God), also more simply known as Gita, is a Sanatana Dharma or Hindu scripture produced from the colloquy given by Sri Krishna to Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War. Its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole .

The Bhagavad Gita is revered as sacred by the majority of Hindu traditions, and especially so by followers of Krishna. It is at times referred to as the "manual for mankind" and has been highly praised by not only Indians but also by Western great thinkers.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered among the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy. It comprises exactly 700 verses, and is a part of the Mahabharata. The verses, using the range and style of Sanskrit meter (chandas) with similes and metaphors, are very poetic; hence the title, which translates to "the Song of the Divine One", of Bhagavan in the form of Krishna.

The teacher of the Bhagavad Gita is Lord Krishna, who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God (Parabrahman) Himself, and is referred to within as Bhagavan, the Divine One.

The context of the Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince Arjuna taking place on the battlefield before the start of the Kurukshetra War. Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma about fighting his own cousins, Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and prince, and elaborates on different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu theology and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. During the discourse, Lord Krishna reveals His identity as the Supreme Being Himself (Svayam Bhagavan), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring vision of His divine universal form.

The Bhagavad Gita is also called Gītopaniṣad, implying its having the status of an Upanishad, i.e. a Vedantic scripture. As it is taken to represent a summary of the Upanishadic teachings, it is also called "the Upanishad of the Upanishads". Another title is mokṣaśāstra, or "Scripture of Liberation"... More

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  1. "Management with a Difference", Dr. G.P. Gupta, Sri Aurobindo Society

  2. "The True Essense of Rama", Girish Bhandari

  3. "The Rama Principle", Shri Sathya Sai Baba

  4. Harnessing Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Vadim Kotelnikov

  5. 7 Golden Secrets to Knowing Your Higher Self, Dr. Asoka Selvarajah