Shree Hari:

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

Ram Ram

For full online discourses in Hindi, please visit Swami Ramsukhdasji’s website.


About dhavalrajgeera

Physician who is providing free service to the needy since 1971. Rajendra M. Trivedi, M.D. who is Yoga East Medical Advisor Graduated in 1968 from B. J. Medical College, Amadavad, India. Post Graduate training in Neurological Surgery from Charles University in Czechoslovakia. 1969 - 71. and received Czechoslovakian Government Scholarship. Completed training at the Cambridge Hospital and Harvard University in Psychiatry. Rajendra M. trivedi is an Attending Psychiatrist at Baldpate Hospital. He is the Medical Director of CCA and Pain Center in Stoneham, MA where he has been serving the community since 1971 as a Physician. OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Lifer of APA - American Psychiatrist Association Senior Physician and Volunteer with Massachusetts Medical Society and a Deligate of the Middlesex District. Patron member of AAPI - American Association of PHYSICIANS OF INDIA. LIFE MEMBER OF IMANE - Indian Medical Association of New England. Member of the Board of Advisors "SAHELI, Boston,MA. Dr. Trivedi is working closely with the Perkin's School for the Blind. Dr. Trivedi is a Life member and Honorary Volunteer for the Fund Raising Contact for North America of BPA - Blind People Association of Amadavad, India. Dr.Trivedi is the Medical Advisor for Yoga East since 1993. He is a Physician who started Health Screening and Consultation At Shri Dwarkami Clinic in Billerica, MA.

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  1. My Thoughts

    Seeing what is essential in present times, I am sharing some of my thoughts. If someone in my name, appears to be bahaving against these principles and thoughts, then one must try to make every effort to prevent him from doing so.

    When my diksha Guru left his mortal body in 1987 and when I completed all the religious rights, at that time I made a firm commitment that besides attaining knowledge of the essential Self, there is nothing else I want to do. I do not want to ask anyone for anything. I do not want to keep any money with me, nor want to touch it. I do not wish to go anywhere, on my own. Whoever would like to take me, will do so. After that, I came in contact with Shri Jayadayalji Goenka of Gita Press. In my eyes, he was and enlightened soul, God Realized great soul. His influence and impact on my life was immense.

    I am not affiliated with any individual, organization, ashram, etc. If due to some reason, there was a relationship, it was for that moment, and not forever. I am eternally a seeker of Truth, not of any individual.

    I have forever been of the mindset that people instead of seeing something divine and special in me, or in any other individuals and becoming engaged with a particular person, should become engaged directly with God. I am totally and strongly against worship and puja of a person, an individual.

    I have no place, spiritual organization or ashram. I do not have a seat (position) nor do I consider anyone my disciple, messenger, or one who is rightfully eligible to answer queries on my behalf. After this life, only my books will provide the direction and lead the path. Increasing awareness of Gita Press books, protection of cows (gaurakshaa) and association with Truth (satsang) has been my eternal aspiration.

    I do not allow and am totally against taking my photograph, or touching my feet, or raising hands in praise and glory, or making someone wear holy beads. I do not give offering of food (prasad), bead necklace, scarf, clothes, blanket etc to anyone. I myself only sustain my body through food offered by others (bhikshaa). (continued)

    From “Ek Sant Ki Vasiyat” in Hindi pg 12 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

    Ram Ram

    For full online discourses in Hindi, please visit Swami Ramsukhdasji’s website.

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