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others. If you have a certain talent, share it. If you are a   deeply embedded grudges, you are lacking mental austerity.
                                                                                                                                     musician, sing or play your music and make others happy.   Mental austerity implies practicing serenity, allowing your
                                                                                                                                     Don’t keep your talents confined within yourself or within   mind to have gentle and positive thoughts, allowing God
                                                                                                                                     your own house. Let your talent spread.                to become the prevailing focus of your mind.
                                                                                                                                         The secret truth is that you become more talented as
                                                                                                                                     your talent is shared. When you begin to utilize your energy
                                                                                                                                     to help others, to relieve the pressure from their lives, to     external and Internal Sadhana
                                                                                                                                     make them happier and more confident, and to encourage
                                                                                                                                     them to follow a spiritual path, you gain an awareness of   Yajna, dana and tapa are considered vahiranga sadhana,
                                                                                                                                     more profound fulfillment within yourself.             external means to Liberation. Bhakti (devotion to God)
                                                                                                                                         Also the whole progress and prosperity of society   blended with  jnana (wisdom) is the internal  means, or
                                                                                                                                     depends upon contributions from all different personalities   antaranga sadhana. These  two aspects  of  sadhana are
                                                                                                                                     who contribute their intelligence, their scientific insight,   interdependent. As your devotion to God grows and your
                                                                                                                                     their research, their wisdom, their experience.  That’s   reflection  on  “Who  am  I?”  deepens,  you  automatically
                                                                                                                                     how human  culture  advances—through the  continuing   become more inclined to utilize your energy for helping
                                                                                                                                     contributions of everyone.                             humanity. As you serve others with increasing goodness
                                                                                                                                                                                            of  heart,  your  devotion  to  God  is  intensified  and  your
                                                                                                                                             apas is generally defined as austerity. When most   understanding of yourself becomes profound.
                                                                                                                                         Tpeople hear the word austerity, they think of        With every act of goodness towards others, you
                                                                                                                                     something severe, like fasting for a long time or immersing   increasingly feel the Presence of God within and ego begins
                                                 Chapter Five                                                                        yourself  in  the  frigid  waters  of  the  Ganges.  But  in  the   to fade. When the pressure of ego is lifted, you realize,
                                                                                                                                                                                            “God alone is the Doer and Enjoyer in me. I am just an
                                                                                                                                     Gita tapas is austerity that balances and disciplines your
                                                                                                                                     entire personality—your body, mind, senses, and speech,   instrument in Divine Hands.”
              Karma Sanyasa Yogah—The Yoga of Renunciation of Action                                                                 so they can be best used for helping and serving others.          (Verse 29 to be continued next issue)
                                                                                                                                     Worshipping  God  through  service  to  humanity  should
                                                                                                                                     become the sustained project of your life. When it does,    W
                                                                                                                                     you are following the path leading to Liberation.             ith every act of goodness
                                                                      ajna literally means ritual sacrifice, but here in the             The first aspect of such tapas is physical austerity. Your   towards others, you increasingly
                                                                   YGita, yajna has a different meaning. Viewed in a                 body should be kept as fit as possible, not just for your own   feel the Presence of God within,
                                                               broad way, yajna refers to promoting ecological balance               enjoyment, but also as a basis for helping others. Your joy
        Bhoktaaram yajnatapasaam sarvaloka maheswaram;         in the world— doing good to all living things and leaving             will increase more and more as you allow your energy to   and ego begins to fade. When the
        Suhridam sarvabhootaanaam jnaatwaa maam saantim ricchati.  the world as you found it. You enter the world and discover       be utilized for serving others.                        pressure of ego is lifted,
                                                               a certain balance in nature. Therefore don’t deplete the                  The next aspect of tapas is vocal austerity. You may   you realize, “God alone is the
            I am the Enjoyer of all sacrifices and austerities, the   forests or cause animals  to become  extinct.  All living      do lots of good deeds for people, but if your speech is
        great Lord ruling over all the worlds, and the Friend   things have a role in creation, so during your lifetime see          not under control, the effect of your good deeds will be   Doer and Enjoyer in me.
        of all beings. One who realizes me attains supreme     that they continue to exist, maintaining balance according            restricted. Your words should not hurt others. They should   I am just an
        peace. 29                                              to your own capacity.                                                 be so designed that they give rise to harmony and peace,   instrument in
                                                                   In a more specific way, yajna and dana refer to your              are helpful and encouraging, and promote happiness in
            What does a spiritual aspirant seek to know through   relationship with other human beings and duties toward             others by highlighting their good qualities.           Divine Hands.”
        meditation? He tries to know the Divine Self, Who is the   them. In this context,  yajna is that which destroys the              Words are Divine gifts. Goddess Saraswati presides over
        Enjoyer of all sacrifices and austerities, the Lord of all,   negative in you and replaces it with the positive. You sacrifice   your tongue and good use of your tongue is the best flower
        the Friend of all, and the Illuminer of the intellect, mind   anger and love arises. You sacrifice pride and humility        you can offer to Goddess Saraswati. The Goddess is highly
        and senses. In describing the nature of Brahman in this   develops. Such yajna is an act of paropakar, doing good            pleased when your words are used for helping others, and
        way, Lord Krishna gives you a great formula for attaining   to others—as too, of course, is dana or charity.                 She is displeased when they are hurtful. As a result of Her
        supreme peace.                                                                                                               displeasure, your intellect becomes increasingly blurred,
            Sacrifice (yajna) and austerity (tapas) are the most       harity always brings to mind the idea of giving               and its brightness begins to diminish.
        important duties of every individual. Included automatically   Cmoney or other material help to those who are poor               In addition to disciplining your body and speech, there
        with these two, and mentioned later in the Gita, is charity   and afflicted. Indeed, that is charity. But from a broader     must be patient discipline of your mind. If you entertain
        (dana).                                                point of view, charity is sharing everything you have with            angry, violent, jealous, or greedy thoughts, or maintain



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