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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Quotes from Peter Marchand ‘The Yoga of the Nine Emotions’





The title invited me to check out the book and after some more checking out I decided it’s probably going to be a good read. 



"Rasas are the essences of our emotions that exist in both body and mind. The Indian tradition recognizes nine Rasas as representing our most important and basic emotions: Love, Joy, Wonder, Courage, Calmness, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust. Some are desirable. Others are unpleasant and most often not desirable." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"We can be slaves of our Rasas or not. All emotions make sense sometimes, but not at all times." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)



         
”All desires for ownerships, security, enjoyment, recognition, love, knowledge, enlightenment and so on are desires for the happiness that we hope to feel by fulfilling them. Whatever form the desire takes, feeling happy is all that we ever really desire." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"While it may seem that we have little impact on the things that happen to us, we are always fully in charge of our emotional reactions to them. We have every right to be happy or unhappy and can develop the power to exercise that right." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"To be detached from something that is not present seems easier than to be detached in the face of full temptation." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Rasas are neither purely physical nor purely mental. In Tantra, each body cell has a 'mind' of its own. Body and mind really are one." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Whatever we love becomes beautiful in our eyes and we naturally fall in love with whatever we find beautiful, visually or otherwise." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Be careful when using any external factors such as music, special herbs, and food and so on in order to affect our emotions. If we commonly user external factors to make ourselves 'happy' our natural ability to feel good will be reduced. This does not mean that external factors cannot be used, but that moderation and diversity make a lot of sense. In any case, external factors cannot be completely avoided but we can be careful in dealing with their quality and quantity." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Laughing at out worries means we understand that future can bring anything: It may bring what we fear or its opposite, or even something completely unexpected." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Life without some mystery is terribly boring and dull; the older we get the more we understand and the more important it becomes to experience wonderful things." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Calmness is very popular but rare, while Anger is very unpopular but common." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Today many people regard saints as people who are simply doing nothing. What they do not understand is how difficult and rewarding doing nothing really is." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Another aspect of following dharma is to fulfill those desire that bring one to a higher state of being. It may be necessary even to fulfill some rather selfish desires in order to feel satisfied. As long as they do not become addiction, this is a very natural process of spiritual evolution in which desires are exhausted through fulfillment." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"We may have every right to be angry, but we also have the right not to be stupid." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Only that which is never changing is true and in Maya, everything is continuously changing. In Maya, nothing lasts forever; that is the cause of suffering in those who do not see through the illusion of Maya." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"True compassion is without discrimination and can be felt for humans as well as for animals, plants or enemies." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"To worry means to live in the future and as such it takes most enjoyment out of life." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"When we ignore unhappy feelings we miss an opportunity to change them. Ignoring or suppressing happy feelings is a waste of vitality. Ignoring emotions simply does not work, because they come and go anyway." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Identification with less agreeable emotions will only make them stronger. If something is displeasing, getting upset about it only makes it a lot worse. Too much identification with agreeable emotions will only make it more difficult to accept that they are time-bound and may undermine their strength. True freedom only comes when we are fully in control." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Anger may have its uses in communication, but even then, we may come to feel that in Anger we always lose more than we gain." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Daily rituals develop and maintain positive emotions and thoughts. Daily habits are not only needed to regulate the lives of children, but also to bring order to childlike mind of any adult." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"If we do everything in a different way every day then we have to think about it. This leaves us less time and energy to get the benefit from what we are doing." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"It is important to relax on daily basis and do something without material or practical purpose." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Spending some leisure time is the best way to accept that some problems in life cannot be solved instantly, Life should be enjoyed." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"You are in-charge, whatever you do is your responsibility and you always have the power to change your emotional state." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)



"The great asset and power of identification with a group of people of like spiritual attitude becomes a danger when the ego takes the game a little further into claiming its spiritual path as the only available path." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Fundamentalism is not a problem of people sticking firmly to the fundamentals of their religion, common misinterpretation. Fundamentalism enters when people try to force the fundamentals of their religion on others. It becomes more of a problem when such religious groups enter the realm of politics, the struggle for power over the minds and possessions of people." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)



"If the art only communicates problems and offers no solution, then the public will suffer from it and the art will only enhance the more demonic feelings. Such art is of bad taste and very unhealthy, both for the artists and for the spectators." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Money doesn't make you happy but having no money is not a good option either if your stomach is empty." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"All desires are ultimately desires for happiness, so if people can be taught to pursue happiness more directly, it will be very best help one can provide." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Advertising makes people unhappy and drives this world crazy. It shows us more beautiful women and men in just one day than we are likely to meet in real life during an entire lifetime. While feminists rightfully complain about many ads being degrading to women, nobody seems to wonder about what these ads do to men." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)




"Feeling good or bad is a matter of choice. Whatever unpleasant thing happens is only unpleasant if we let out Rasas follow it. When something does not function as it should or somebody does something bad, or we ourselves do something stupid: If we let such things make us feel bad, then we make ourselves suffer so much more." ~~ Peter Marchand (Book: The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)



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