f your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it isbetter that you lose one of your members than that your whole body bethrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it offand throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members thanthat your whole body go into hell.
hen the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat,pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bearthem patiently, Arjuna. Those who are not affected by these changes, whoare the same in pleasure and pain, are truly wise and fit for immortality.Assert your strength and realize this!...The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How can it beat peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy? When you letyour mind follow the call of the senses, they carry away your betterjudgement as storms drive a boat off its charted course on the sea.Use all of your power to free the senses from attachment and aversionalike, and live in the full wisdom of the Self.
eloved, I beseech you... to abstain from the passions of the flesh thatwage war against your soul.
his body is mortal, always gripped by death, but within it dwells the immortal Self. This Self, when associated in our consciousness with the body, is subject to pleasure and pain; and so long as this association continues, freedom from pleasure and pain can no man find.
ow a man may be striving for a perfect union in this life through grace ….. But, manifestly, the perfect union in this life through grace and love demands that he live in darkness to all the objects of sight, hearing, imagination, and everything comprehensible to the heart, that is, to the soul.
isdom is not to be found in the art of oratory, or in great books, but in a withdrawal from these sensible things and in a turning to the most simple and infinite forms. You will learn how to receive it into a temple purged from all vice, and by fervent love to cling to it until you may taste it and see how sweet That is which is all sweetness. Once this has been tasted, all things which you now consider as important will appear as vile, and you will be so humbled that no arrogance or other vice will remain in you. Once having tasted this wisdom, you will inseparably adhere to it with a chaste and pure heart. You will choose rather to forsake this world and all else that is not of this wisdom, and living with unspeakable happiness you will die.
eated in a solitary place, free from desires and with senses controlled, one should meditate free of thought on that one infinite Self.
e that has the strength, let him arise and withdraw into himself, foregoing all that is known by the eyes, turning away forever from the material beauty that once made his joy.
e who wishes to be spared all misfortunes should associate God with everything through prayer; with his intellect he should set his hope in Him, putting aside, so far as possible, all concern about things of the senses.
n diligent exercise of mystical contemplation, leave behind the senses and the operations of the intellect, and all things sensible and intellectual, and all things in the world of being and non-being, that you may arise by unknowing towards the union, as far as is attainable, with Him who transcends all being and all knowledge. For by the unceasing and absolute renunciation of yourself and of all things you may be borne on high, through pure and entire self-abnegation, into the superessential Radiance of the Divine Darkness.
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