Talk: The Irresistible Power of Satyagraha – Br. Shankara

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Talk: The Irresistible Power of Satyagraha

Speaker: Br. Shankara

July 8, 2018


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July is a month for study of Raja Yoga, a spiritual path often called the yoga of meditation. As a raja yogi, you use ancient, proven spiritual techniques to quiet your mind and gain control of your attention. Regular daily practice of Raja Yoga increases your ability to concentrate, and may lead to meditation. This can unite you with the Divine Presence, the source of your being, and liberate you from the cycle of rebirth and death.

Satyagraha means insistence on truth. It has become known as a particular form of nonviolent resistance or civil disobedience. The power of satyagraha comes from the truth being insisted on, and practiced: Those who oppose or oppress you are also an embodiment of the Divine Being, and must be thought of and dealt with in that spirit.

This irresistible power of higher truth to overcome lower forms of truth is taught by such sages as Vasistha, Sri Krishna, Patanjali, and Swami Vivekananda. Success in both Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga relies on relentless discrimination between lower and higher truth, and equally uncompromising insistence that only thought forms of the highest truth truly deserve your attention.

When you are persistent in these practices, Vivekananda says, spiritual victory is assured. Why? Because the highest truth is now and always was at the core of your being, waiting to be revealed as you set aside the layers of lesser truth behind which it is hidden.

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