18 Chapters of Bhagwat Geeta

18 Chapters of Bhagwat Geeta

  1. Arjun Viṣhād Yog : Lamenting the Consequences of War
  2. Sānkhya Yog : The Yog of Analytical Knowledge
  3. Karm Yog : The Yog of Action
  4. Jñāna Karm Sanyās Yog : The Yog of Knowledge and the Disciplines of Action
  5. Karm Sanyās Yog : The Yog of Renunciation
  6. Dhyān Yog : The Yog of Meditation
  7. Jñāna Vijñāna Yog : Yog through the Realization of Divine Knowledge
  8. Akṣhar Brahma Yog : The Yog of the Eternal God
  9. Rāja Vidyā Yog : Yog through the King of Sciences
  10. Vibhūti Yog : Yog through Appreciating the Infinite Opulences of God
  11. Viśhwarūp Darśhan Yog : Yog through Beholding the Cosmic Form of God
  12. Bhakti Yog : The Yog of Devotion
  13. Kṣhetra Kṣhetrajña Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Distinguishing the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. Guṇa Traya Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Understanding the Three Modes of Material Nature
  15. Puruṣhottam Yog : The Yog of the Supreme Divine Personality
  16. Daivāsura Sampad Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Discerning the Divine and Demoniac Natures
  17. Śhraddhā Traya Vibhāg Yog : Yog through Discerning the Three Divisions of Faith
  18. Mokṣha Sanyās Yog : Yog through the Perfection of Renunciation and Surrender
Qualities for a meaningful life

Qualities for a meaningful life

Bhagwat Geeta – 16 1-3

श्रीभगवानुवाच |
अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिर्ज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थिति: |
दानं दमश्च यज्ञश्च स्वाध्यायस्तप आर्जवम् || 1||
अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्याग: शान्तिरपैशुनम् |
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम् || 2||
तेज: क्षमा धृति: शौचमद्रोहोनातिमानिता |
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्य भारत || 3||

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha
abhayaṁ sattva-sanśhuddhir jñāna-yoga-vyavasthitiḥ
dānaṁ damaśh cha yajñaśh cha svādhyāyas tapa ārjavam
ahinsā satyam akrodhas tyāgaḥ śhāntir apaiśhunam
dayā bhūteṣhv aloluptvaṁ mārdavaṁ hrīr achāpalam
tejaḥ kṣhamā dhṛitiḥ śhaucham adroho nāti-mānitā
bhavanti sampadaṁ daivīm abhijātasya bhārata

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha—the Supreme Divine Personality said; 
sattva-sanśhuddhiḥ—purity of mind; 
damaḥ—control of the senses; 
yajñaḥ—performance of sacrifice; 
svādhyāyaḥ—study of sacred books; 
akrodhaḥ—absence of anger; 
apaiśhunam—restraint from fault-finding; 
bhūteṣhu—toward all living beings; 
aloluptvam—absence of covetousness; 
achāpalam—lack of fickleness; 
adrohaḥ—bearing enmity toward none; 
ati-mānitā—absence of vanity; 
abhijātasya—of those endowed with; 
bhārata—scion of Bharat

Kabir Poem

Kabir Poem

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Your Soul originated from “naad bindu” – dot of celestial music
And here you hoard water (referring to things which by their vary nature flow freely)
The whole world says repeatedly this is how it is and must be.
While Brahma is himself without words (noiseless)

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Your sold arrived from There to an address in this world
for quenching its own thirst (Desire for God)
But leaving Nector you are drinking Poison again and again
Going in reverse you now toss and turn in your own trap.
The celestial cow (of knowledge / Brahman) is milked
God makes curd for benefit of everyone
Knowledgeable wise men reach for the creamy layer
Butter-milk is what world remains content with

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Instead of seeing earth, see it as merely a sphere (planet)
Seeing a lake, understand it is nothing but water
Celestial sphere lights up (when one experiences this Principle)
So say the voice and words of the Guru

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

“Koham” – “Soham” musical sounds surround
Trikti sacred land (Realized Inners self is wonderful)
[When a child is born it cries Koham-Koham – Who am I? Who am I?
The Child smiles when it hears the Universe reply back: Soham-Soham – You are I, You are I.]
Ida, pingala and Sukhmana energies flow freely
Upon listening to devotional songs
[There are three ‘naadis’ or channels of energy flow within a human body considered essential in yogic meditation. These are Ida(left side), Pingala (right side) and Sukhmana naadi in centre). These 3 channels connect all the seven Chakras]

The one anointed by the Guru, hears..
Soft Melodious Cosmic Sounds Saying…

Says Kabir listen O!
Knowledgeable Wise man
Understand the words of “Agam”
Which works all day long with just a single glance (to look after the universe)
Un-moving and Eternal remains the Sign
[“Agam” is the collection of Nirguna compositions of Shivaite Saints (worshipers of Lord Shiva) of Gupta and Kushan era. Many Shaivaites consider Agam as the Pancham (Fift) Veda

Ashtanga Eight Limbs

Ashtanga Eight Limbs

The eight limbs form represents a sequence from the outer to the inner word.
The eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb).

The eight limbs are

  1. yama (abstinences),
  2. niyama (observances),
  3. asana (postures),
  4. pranayama (breathing),
  5. pratyahara (withdrawal),
  6. dharana (concentration),
  7. dhyana (meditation) and
  8. samadhi (absorption).


Yama points towards

  • ethical standards and sense of integrity,
  • focusing on our behavior and how we conduct ourselves in life.

Moral imperatives (the “don’ts”)

The five Yama:

  • Ahimsa: nonviolence
  • Satya: truthfulness
  • Asteya: nonstealing
  • Brahmacharya: continence
  • Aparigraha: noncovetousness


Niyama includes virtuous habits and observances (the “dos”). It has to do with self-discipline and spiritual observances.

The five niyamas are:

  • Saucha: cleanliness, purity, clearness of mind, speech and body
  • Samtosa: contentment, acceptance of others, acceptance of one’s circumstances as they are in order to get past or change them, optimism for self
  • Tapas: heat; spiritual austerities, persistence, perseverance, austerity, asceticism, self-discipline
  • Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self, study of Vedas, study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speech and actions
  • Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God, contemplation of the Ishvara.


The postures practiced in yoga. The meditation posture should be steady and comfortable.

A posture that one can hold for a period of time, staying relaxed, steady, comfortable and motionless.


The control of the breath.
It consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while recognizing the connection between the breath, the mind, and the emotions.


Withdrawal or sensory transcendence.
To make the conscious effort to draw our awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli.

Cultivating a detachment from, our senses, we direct our attention internally.
A step of self extraction and abstraction.

It empowers one to stop being controlled by the external world, fetch one’s attention to seek self-knowledge and experience the freedom innate in one’s inner world.

It is the transition of yoga experience from the first four limbs that perfect external forms, to the last three limbs that perfect the yogin’s inner state:

  • moving from outside to inside, from the outer sphere of the body to the inner sphere of the spirit.


It means concentration, introspective focus and one-pointedness of mind.

Holding one’s mind onto a particular inner state, subject or topic of one’s mind.

Fixing the mind means one-pointed focus, without drifting of mind, and without jumping from one topic to another.


It literally means “contemplation, reflection” and “profound, abstract meditation”

Dhyana is contemplating, reflecting on whatever Dharana has focused on.

It is the uninterrupted flow of concentration.


It is a state of ecstasy. Its literal mean is “putting together, joining, combining with, union, harmonious whole, trance”

At this stage, the meditator merges with his or her point of focus and transcends the Self altogether.

Samadhi is oneness with the subject of meditation.