I am on the mailing list of The Satsang Foundation, started and run by Shri. M (the author of the well-known book, ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master’). There are some daily quotations. I had shared them with my friends.
I am posting here some recent ones that I found very useful or interesting:
You must have heard the famous statement which many people think is a modern English saying –’blind leading the blind’. Actually it is a very ancient statement. It comes from the Mundaka Upanishad – ‘andhenaiva niyamana yatha andhaa‘ It refers to those who have only learnt theoretically and think that they know– when such people lead others into spiritual matters, then it is like ‘andhenaiva niyamana yatha andhaa‘– like the blind leading the blind.
The subject matter of the Upanishad is ‘Shruti‘ as it is called in the ancient scriptures. Vedas are Shruti; Upanishad is Shruti – Upanishad is part of the Vedas. The four Vedas are – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas. They have four parts : Samhitas are the hymns; the Brahmanas are the ceremonial part of the Vedas; the Aranyakas are that part of the Vedas which were studied in the forests; and from them came the Upanishads which is the last part , which is known as the Gyana–Kanda – the wisdom section of the Vedas. So Vedas include the whole thing.
The Avadhoot Gita – it’s a beautiful book and very interesting. The Avadhoot Dattatreya had twenty four teachers in his life and one of them was the honey–bee. The Avadhoot says ‘I learnt the lesson from the honey–bee – collecting and keeping something for a rainy day; and also how it goes from flower to flower, sucks the honey and gathers it all together’ – which means there is nobody on this earth who knows everything. As long as you have a physical body, there is nobody who knows everything. So we need to learn. At any time, one should be prepared to learn. And for learning – especially deep things like the Upanishads – one needs to have the humility to think that, ‘perhaps I am learning something new – let me listen and learn’. If I say ‘I know’ then I cannot learn; and in this field sometimes, all that we have studied also might act as an obstacle.
It (music) cannot be played if you fill your flute with muck and make it solid. You have to take out the mud. You know a flute is hollow, you can’t blow through a solid flute… there is no solid flute. So all the muck has to go and then it is clean . If you have a clean flute and hand it over – then Krishna will play. Yogically speaking our flute is in the back of the spine. It’s all full of muck. Kriya is a way to clean it up. You cannot do anything more …you can only clean it up…He will sing only when he wants to. You have to wait, so that’s the way it is.