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Yajna: Sacrifice as Altruism & the Regard for Others
The wise learn to control the gunas’ five senses with the mind and practice non-attachment. Krishna tells Arjuna that Yajna, meaning sacrifice, is the only act that does not bind us in the hologram (III.9-10). The Indian scholar, Krishna Chaitanya/KK Nair, interprets Yajna as altruism, meaning the regard for others that produces acts of selfless sacrifice, no matter how small, which are ‘free from narrowly personal attachment’ and carry no desire for reward or recognition (The Betrayal of Krishna). I like this understanding of the word Yajna - and in any case, it is certainly more applicable in our own times.
There is in Hinduism the subtle, enlightening, and intriguing thought that this universe is itself God’s Sacrifice. Everything is God, and God permeates All, therefore we are in effect breathing, eating, and standing on God. The universe is holographic and there is no thing that is not God. Through the wonderfully illusive power of Maya, the Creator has transformed Its Oneness into Multiplicity in what must be the ultimate supernal altruism.
Krishna Chaitanya/KK Nair carries this ideal of sacrifice as altruism further by translating Krishna’s words (III.11-12) to mean that altruistic behavior to both deity and our fellow human beings will bring us the highest welfare (sreyas; also means bliss and happiness). We do however have the freedom to deny this ideal way of living, which Krishna plainly states will bring us the greatest happiness, and we may choose to behave selfishly. But if we make the choice to act altruistically in partnership with God, not only will we benefit, but the entire world will also share in the higher consciousness we Become.
Originally posted by fleabit
You were not aware that the military might send you to wherever they felt would boost their self interests?
Because it is a profession as much as becoming a carpenter, lawyer or doctor...
We are not brainless morons...
Originally posted by ALostAlien
reply to post by The Sword
THE WORTHLESS #ING SHEEP WILL DIE