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    The Bhagavad Gita and Swami

    VivekanandaA discourse

    The discourse put into action

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    1.Vishada yoga - The despondency ofArjuna

    Doubt and despair

    Conflict

    Kurukshetra -External

    Dharmakshetra -Internal

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    This world is not for cowards. Do not try tofly.. Live in the midst of the battle oflifeIf you have found the centre, you

    cannot be moved.

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    2. The Sankya yoga

    Right action

    Duties of a human being

    The immortality of the soul

    Great work requires great and persistent

    effort for a long timeEach work has to pass through thesestages- ridicule, opposition, and then

    acceptance.

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    3. Karma yoga

    Right action

    Duty without desire

    the action one has done cannot be

    destroyed until it has borne its fruit; nopower in nature can stop it from yielding

    its results

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    4. Gnana yoga - Realisation of theUltimate truth

    Individual consciousness- Universalconsciousness- Ultimate Reality

    Action ---- Knowledge --- Wisdom

    one idea that I see clear as daylight is

    that misery is caused by ignorance andnothing else

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    5. Karma sanyasa yoga

    Material, intellectual and spiritualEgo I, me and mine

    He works best who works without anymotive, neither for money ,nor for fame,nor for anything else; and when a man cando that, he will be a Buddha, and out ofhim will come the power to work in such amanner as will transform the world.

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    6. Aatma samyama yoga

    Body and the Universe

    All pervading oneness

    Be good, do good

    The book from which to learn religion isyour own mind and heart

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    7. Gnana Vigyana yoga

    Types of people

    Earth, water,fire,air,ether,mind,spiritualintelligence, false ego

    External energy, marginal energy,comprising all souls

    I am all pervasive

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    8. Akshara Parabrahma yoga

    Passion, one idea, longing, end of life,

    fulfilment,bliss

    Man is an infinite circle

    You have to grow from inside out.None

    can teach you, none can make youspiritual. There is no other teacher butyour own soul.

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    9. Rajavidya- Raja guhya yoga

    Confidential knowledge of the ultimatetruth

    Belief

    Whatever you do, devote your whole

    mind, heart, and soul to it

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    10. Vibhuti yoga Vibhuti vistara yoga

    Infinite glories of the Ultimate Truth

    No beginning, no end

    No delusion

    -- the way is very difficult, like walking onthe edge of a razor; yet despair not, ariseawake, and find the ideal, the goal.

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    11. Viswaroopa darsana yoga

    Vision of the Universal Form

    Opulence and splendour

    Divine grace

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    12. Bhakti yogathe path of devotion

    Total surrender

    Total immersion

    Oblivion and Ecstasy

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    13 Kshetra kshetragna Vibhava yoga

    The individual soul- Ultimate soul

    Physical body-immortal soul

    The world is not a childs play- and greatmen are those who build highways forothers with their hearts blood.

    Who serves Jiva serves God indeed

    14 G i ibh

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    14. Guna triya vibhava yoga

    Three qualities

    1 material nature

    2 ignorance

    3 passion

    Goodness

    The self-seeking man who is looking

    after his personal comforts and leading

    a lazy life- there is no room for him

    even in hell.

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    15 Purushotama prapti yoga

    Realisation of the ultimate truth

    Action and reaction

    Where is fate, and who is fate? We

    reap what we sow. We are the makers of

    our own fate.The world can be good and pure, only

    if our lives are good and pure.

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    16 DaivasuraSampard vibhava yoga

    The inherent duality

    The divine and the demonic

    Each soul is potentially divine. The goal isto manifest this divinity within bycontrolling nature, external and internal.

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    17. Shradhatraiya vibhaga yoga

    The three divisions of material existenceGoodnessPassionatenescience

    The three Ds

    Man is made up of three qualities-brutal, human andgodly. That which tends to increase the divinity inyou is virtue, and that which tends to increasebrutality in you is vice. You must kill the brutalnature and become human you must transcend that

    too and become pure bliss, Sachidananda, firewithout burning---

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    18 Moksha sanyasa yoga

    Complete renunciationNo desires, no wants

    Absence of all emotions good or bad

    Sacrifice, charity and austerity

    The watchword of all well-being,of allmoral good is not I, but Thou

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    Arise Awake and stop not till the goal isreached.