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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 32

The Vedas describe various forms of sacrifice, each stemming from different kinds of actions. Understanding these sacrifices helps to break the bonds of material attachment. Description One of the remarkable aspects of the Vedas is their recognition of the diversity in human nature. They prescribe various kinds of sacrifices to suit different individuals. The key …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 31

Those who understand the essence of sacrifice and partake in its sanctified remnants advance toward the Absolute Truth, experiencing divine bliss. O best of the Kurus, those who neglect sacrifice find no true happiness in this world or the next. Description The secret of sacrifice is to perform it for God’s pleasure and then accept …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 29,30

Others offer the outgoing breath into the incoming breath, and vice versa, practicing prāṇāyām to regulate their life-energy. Some reduce their food intake, offering the breath into the life-energy. These various forms of sacrifice purify the practitioners, cleansing them of impurities. Description Some individuals are drawn to prāṇāyām, the practice of breath control, involving techniques …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 28

Some sacrifice by offering their wealth, while others perform severe austerities. Some practice the eight-fold path of yoga, and others engage in studying the scriptures and cultivating knowledge, all while adhering to strict vows. Description Human beings differ in their natures, motivations, and activities. Shree Krishna explains to Arjun that sacrifices can take many forms, …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 27

Some, guided by wisdom, sacrifice the activities of their senses and life energy into the fire of a disciplined mind. Description Some yogis follow the path of jñāna yog, using knowledge to withdraw their senses from the world. Unlike haṭha yogis who rely on brute will-power to control their senses, jñāna yogis use the power …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 26

Others sacrifice their hearing and other senses in the fire of self-restraint. Meanwhile, some offer sound and other sensory objects as sacrifices into the fire of their senses. Description Fire transforms the nature of things consigned to it. In external Vedic rituals, fire physically consumes the offerings. In spiritual practice, fire symbolizes transformation. The fire …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 25

Some yogis worship the celestial gods with material offerings, while others achieve perfect worship by offering the self as a sacrifice in the fire of the Supreme Truth. Description Sacrifice, or yajña, should be performed in divine consciousness as an offering to the Supreme Lord. However, people’s understanding varies, leading them to perform sacrifices differently …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 24

For those who are fully immersed in God-consciousness, everything involved in the ritual is seen as an expression of the Divine: the offering itself is Brahman, the ladle used to make the offering is Brahman, the act of offering is Brahman, and the sacrificial fire is also Brahman. By perceiving everything as a manifestation of …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 23

They are liberated from the bondage of material attachments, and their intellect is anchored in divine wisdom. By performing all actions as a sacrifice to God, they are freed from all karmic reactions. Description In this verse, Lord Krishna encapsulates the essence of the preceding five verses. When one dedicates all actions to God, it …

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Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta Chapter 4 shlok 22

Satisfied with whatever comes naturally and free from jealousy, they transcend the dualities of life. Remaining balanced in both success and failure, they are not constrained by their actions, even while engaging in all sorts of activities. Description Just as a coin has two sides, so too did God create this world filled with dualities—there …

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