How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right, even……

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“How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right,
even though we have all the resources?
What are the indications of this failure?
What indicates that all is well?
Arjuna of the Indian epic Mahābhārata represents the model of
what clouds our consciousness and what can break this cloud.”
– TKV Desikachar’s introduction to a seminar on the Bhagavad Gītā 1998

Our action has two foundations……

“Our action has two foundations.
One, Vidyā never leads us into trouble.
Two, Avidyā leads us into trouble
because of something we did into the past
influencing our present action.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Only the Citta is the cause for Bandhana or Mokṣa.

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“Only the Citta is the cause for Bandhana or Mokṣa.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 6

What is most vital to a person for everlasting happiness……

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“What is most vital to a person for everlasting happiness
is to understand the nature of consciousness
and the Lord and his created entities.”
– TKV Desikachar Commentary on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Four

The senses can be faster than the mind in triggering Saṃskāra.

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“The senses (Indriya) can be faster than the mind in triggering Saṃskāra.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 41

Matsara or Jealousy – To find fault in others.

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Matsara or Jealousy –
“To find fault in others.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 22

Saṃmoha – We are not clear what we are doing.

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Saṃmoha
“We are not clear what we are doing.
Because we are not clear, memory wanders.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 63

Parigraha – What we get used to expecting around situations.

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Parigraha
“What we get used to expecting around situations.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 21

So aspire beyond the three Guṇa.

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“So aspire beyond the three Guṇa.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 45

What is darkness for some people is light for others……

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“What is darkness for some people is light for others.
What is light for some people is darkness for others.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 69

The ability to do whatever we do in life……

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“The ability to do whatever we do in life is linked to our state of mind.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 50

Each person has two forces Rāga and Dveṣa……

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“Each person has two forces Rāga and Dveṣa.
They are there to serve you, not you them.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 34

The movement of life is a pilgrimage of the body……

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“The movement of life is a pilgrimage of the body
and cannot be accomplished without action.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 8

Karma is the means to know oneself.

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“Karma is the means to know oneself.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 17

Before I inquire into who am I, I must first look at who I am.

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“Before I inquire into who am I,
I must first look at who I am.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 20

Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’……

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Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’.
Vijñānam is the discernment that ‘I am not this’ ‘I am not that’.”
– TKV Desikachar on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven verse 2

Reflections on the relationship of Dharma and Kāma

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“God is always inside the heart.
However we are not always inside the will of God.
So actions can be right or wrong.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 18 verse 15

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