The Blue Yogi

via HinduCosmos and Sudha G.:

Wall painting at the City Palace, now the Rao Madan Singh Trust Museum, Kota, Rajasthan. (via Instagram: Sudha G.)

Sudha G. wrote:
The Blue Yogi. Without any doubt, this was my favourite amongst all the wall paintings at the Kota Garh or Kota City Palace.

It was this brilliant blue in a room filled with paintings that caught my eye and then it was the details that mesmerized me. The twinkle in the Blue Yogi’s eyes, the way the peacocks are painted, the calm face of the young man as he writes something with his left hand, the visitor who is probably a king, the gold girdle of the Blue Yogi, the pops of gold in the painting… it is beautiful.

Seated There

Excerpt from The Svetasvatara Upanishad:

Retire to a solitary place, such as a mountain cave or a sacred spot. The place must be protected from the wind and rain, and it must have a smooth, clean floor, free from pebbles and dust. It must not be damp, and it must be free from disturbing noises. It must be pleasing to the eye and quieting to the mind. Seated there, practice meditation and other spiritual practices.

I hope everyone can find such a place.

Acts

Excerpt from the Brihadarankyaka Upanishad:

As a man acts, so does he become. A man of good deeds becomes good, a man of evil deeds becomes evil. A man becomes pure through pure deeds, impure through impure deeds.

As a man’s desire is, so is his destiny. For as his desire is, so is his will; as his will is, so is his deed; and as his deed is, so is his reward, whether good or bad.

A man acts according to the desires to which he clings.

Or, as Leonard Cohen put it, “Act the way you’d like to be, and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

Habits

 

“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life.  Live Simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything, so learn to be glad and contented… Have happiness now.”  ~Paramahansa Yogananda

A Drop of Ink on a White Cloth

“The disciple thinks as follows: ‘I have taken shelter of the guru and been initiated by him. I have now embarked on the road to pure devotion. If my behavior is faulty, then people will not stop at criticizing only me, but will also find fault with my spiritual master, my worshipable deity, the devotional path, the entire Vaishnava Sampradaya, the previous acaryas, even religion itself. They will disparage the scriptures, the great authorities who wrote them, and everyone who follows their injunctions. In the end, they will criticize belief in God itself and all doctrines leading to a higher, transcendental goal in life. They will even condemn my father and mother and their families. As a result, I will have become blameworthy before all these people and end up in hellish existence for many births with nothing to say in my defense.  …If I fall from the standards of behavior expected of a saintly person and Vaishnava, then immediately all the generations of my family will fall into hell. Can I fall down in this way and become the shame and misfortune of my entire family?’

“Just as a drop of ink on a white cloth is clearly visible, the misbehavior of a person who has taken to the religious life stands out and attracts the criticisms of all.”

~Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja, from Art of Sadhana