Namah Te from Collingwood!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Nirantara ~ always
Nitaram ~ always
Nitya ~ always
Sada ~ always
Sarvada ~ always

By remembering the Divine always, we live for the Divine always.
By living for the Divine always, we feel Divine always.

Enlightenment demands always. And we can do always without needing to change our context! Let us join Prince Arjuna as Bhagavan Krishna guides him on how to change his content with Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’s Chapter 4 Verses 24-30. Our guide to the Guide is our E-Vichara…

E-Vichara (February 6, 2017) — Dedicated Living – Part 1

  • drishti yajna – yajna is traditionally defined as sacrifice though a more meaningful definition is dedication for only then one sacrifices – if we can cultivate the vision that there is only Divinity (Infinity), we will care for humans, animals, plants and stones as we care for ourselves
  • deva yajna – every yajna has the components of the offerer (ego), offering (varies), offered to (varies) and dedication (to Divinity) – by envisioning sense objects as the offering and sense organs as the offered to, we will be more careful with what we input into our bodies and minds
  • brahma yajna – yajna only manifests when the ego is being connected to Divinity – by envisioning ego as the offering and Divinity as the offered to, will be nurture humility with every experience until we no longer feel separation
  • indriya samyama yajna – operating from sakama (selfishness) creates disturbance (chitta ashuddhi) while operating from nishkama (selflessness) creates quietude (chitta shuddhi) – by envisioning the organs of perception as the offering and discipline as the offered to, we will conserve physical and mental energy
  • atma samyama yajna – the more dedicated we are the more we feel that our atma (self) is not the body, is not the ego – by envisioning the organs of perception and organs of response as the offering and discipline as the offered to, we will be more purposeful and less transactional as we interact with the world
  • dravya yajna – Bhagavan creates the Veda which creates dharma which creates yajna – by envisioning possessions as the offering and the needy as the offered to, we will develop the strength to be more with less and dissolve the dependency we have on what we have given

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Practice 1 of the yajna-s and observe how the mundane becomes magical!

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): How did the hipster burn her mouth? She ate the pizza before it was cool.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): In the spirit of transforming the transactional to the purposeful, the mundane to the magical, we are evolving Valentine’s Day to Bhakti Anudinam (Devotion Day [Daily]). Every February 14 we should analyze how we have loved ourselves, how we have loved others. And then we should grow this everyday until the next Bhakti Anudinam. In this way we will not fall in love we will rise in love. In this way we will grow up from living for me to we to He to BE!

And we are doing our part by happily releasing the Vichara Gurukula website! The vision of our website is to steal our minds from distracting media to focussed dialogue on self development / societal development. Please visit the site and read about our scriptures. Please register with the site and share your questions and reflections on life. i too will contribute my questions and answer yours. Looking forward to our samvada together! And remember this medium is for all backgrounds, for all ages, for ALL so spread the word — Vichara Gurukula – Dialogue Forum

Finally, we are 10 days away from the completion of our TED Nomination Campaign. We have a few hundred nominations and need to reach 1,000 by Mahashivaratri. Please act now by completing the nomination and encouraging your family / friends to do the same. Attached is a simple letter sharing how to be a nominator. Gratitude in advance for your support.

"Let us learn to love each other and work cooperatively, not only for our own individual development, but also for the spread of Hindu culture." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

Inspire-Love-Be,

AV
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