27th March, 2008, Thursday
Chaitra Krishna Shasthi, Vikram Samvat 2064, Guruvar
At the very beginning of the Gita, God spoke about the body (sharir) and the dweller in the body (shariri). The compartment of the body is separate from the dweller in this body. The compartment of the body is inert, unreal, and perishable, whereas, the compartment of the dweller in the body, is consciousness, real, and imperishable. In the thirteenth chapter of the Gita, God has called these two “shetra” (field) and “shetragnya” (knower of the field) and “prakruti” (nature) and “Purusha” (God Himself) The relationship of the body is with the world, whereas the relationship of the dweller in the body is with God (Supreme Consciousness, Supreme Soul). The reason for clarifying the separateness of the two in the very beginning of the Gita, is to make one understand that, it is only the realization of separateness that man is greatly benefited.
In Gita, wherever God has spoken about Jnana Yoga (path of knowledge), there He has described the two compartments – body and the dweller in the body, the field and the knower of the field and the perishable “Prakruti” Nature and eternal Purusha (Consciousness). But in the path of devotion (Bhakti), God has described it as three compartments – Para (consciousness), Apara (inert), Aham (God Himself, the origin of creation) (Gita 7:4-6) or Akshara (imperishable), Shar (perishable), and Purshottam (God) (Gita 15:16-18). But in this, God has revealed one secret that para (consciousness, chetan), and “apara” (inert), both are one, inseparable from God. Therefore from the perspective of devotion, besides God there is nothing else – “Vasudeva Sarvam” (Gita 7:19), “Sadasacchaham” (Gita 9:19). Whether you take it from the perspective of knowledge (jnana) or devotion (bhakti), if you see it from any perspective, there is only one consciousness (reality). Besides this
consciousness, there is nothing else.
If a spiritual aspirant desires his upliftment, then he must first think about what is it that he is giving importance to? What reality is he accepting? Rather what is it that is making a greater impact on him – Is it the world or himself or God ? If he believes in the world, then through “karma yoga” (Path of Action) he can attain upliftment. If he believes only in himself, then through “Path of Knowledge” (Jnana Yoga) he can attain salvation, and if he believes in God, then through “Path of Devotion” (Bhakti Yoga) he can attain God. If he does not believe in anyone, then too he will attain salvation, because by not believing in anything, there is no influence or impressions, or impact of anything, therefore there is no attachment or aversion to anything whereby he will on his own, automatically be freed from bondage.
From “Satya ki Khoj” in Hindi pg 28 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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