Daya, दया

  Yakṣa asked: What is daya? Dharmarāja answered: Desiring happiness for all, the welfare of all. Daya = Mercy, Kindness. What is welfare? Real welfare for an individual is Realization. All other welfare may go. So, is that the real welfare? Real welfare, daya, is to think about whether one’s help may be used for another’s Realization.…

Oh Society!

In light of current world affairs, I found these words meaningful for us Americans; and because we are interconnected, for the world watching also: “Fear and shyness rightly seen are symptoms of correction. The fear is balancing, shyness shielding, and both bring calm & quietness by avoiding wrong actions. Throughout our life, actions will be…

Dark and Light

 The spiritual aspirant must not only identify with the good and ideal, but must also look at the darker aspects of one’s mind and behavior, “the shadow.”  The shadow includes both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the personality.  When we become aware of the shadow, though it may be difficult, we begin to mature…

Good Destiny

                          Yakṣa asked: Which is good destiny? Dharmarāja answered: The result of offering is the good destiny. Punya = Impressions of right deeds. Papa = Impressions of wrong deeds. Good Destiny = Without external efforts results are found. Good opportunities to experience both internal and…

Three Robbers

The questions and answers are weaving back and forth like a silken braid of wisdom. Śloka after śloka, Yakṣa’s questions and Dharmarāja’s answers spiral though ignorance, greed, anger, egoism, mercy, dharma, cleverness and realization. While India itself seems to naturally provoke a reflective process, these talks are pursuing all the dark and sticky places where…

Egoism

Yakṣa asked: By what quality will one be accepted by others? Dharmarāja answered: By not having bad egoism. Egoism is an appreciation of the self in the wrong way. A wrong assessment of ones wealth, knowledge, etc. One may think, ‘I have huge wealth, so I can do anything due to this wealth.’ This is a wrong…

Samskrita Text for Yakṣa Prasna

The Yakṣa Prasna appears in the Mahābhārata. The story is set as the Pandavas end their twelve years of exile in the forest. Yakṣa kills four Pandava brothers, one after another, when they arrive at a lake to fetch water. Dharmarāja arrives at the lake. Yakṣa offers to revive their life, if Dharmarāja answers his questions correctly. Yakṣa asks some 144…