Bhagavad Gita - Chapter X Print E-mail

Brahman, God, pervades the whole universe and exists beyond it as well, in Its pristine Glory. Thus there are two dimensions to Brahman – the pure, unmanifested aspect that cannot be conceived by the human intellect and the manifested aspect which expresses as the myriad glories in the world. Krsna begins by pointing towards the unmanifest, transcendent facet. Even the gods and great sages do not know this aspect as Atman is not an object of comprehension. It is the very subject enabling you to understand. It is unborn, without beginning and the substratum of the universe. One who knows the yoga and vibhuti realises the Self - one who understands Brahman and how exactly It manifests in the world knows all that needs to be known. He is the Enlightened One.

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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter IX Print E-mail

Krsna refers to the knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita as the royal secret. It is the highest and noblest knowledge. The absolute Knowledge that illumines all other knowledge. Hence it is referred to as royal. It is also unknown to all - secret. Atman is so profound and subtle that it eludes the grasp of most people. Yet it pervades the entire universe and exists beyond as well in Its pristine glory.

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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter VIII Print E-mail

Krsna begins the chapter with precise definitions of Brahman, Atman and action. He then goes on to highlight the power of thought. You are a product of your thoughts. You sculpt your own future by guiding your thoughts towards your goal. If the goal is worldly, you remain caught up in the vagaries of the world. However, if you have invested your thoughts in the spiritual ideal, you break free from the cycle of birth and death to merge with Brahman.

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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter VII Print E-mail

In the first six chapters Krsna has given all the knowledge required for a person to lift off from the material realm to heights of Perfection. Arjuna, however, remains unmoved. He has not assimilated the knowledge. He needs to ponder over it to transform it to wisdom. This is the case with us all. There is a huge gap between knowing and doing. Like Arjuna we speak words of wisdom. But we are unable to use the knowledge to overcome the challenges of life and emerge victorious. This is because we have not followed through the three phases of sravana, manana and nidhidhyasana. Sravana is listening or reading, the intake of knowledge. Having listened, we need to reflect and mull over it, contemplate on it, look at it from different angles. Only then will the knowledge get integrated into our system. This is called manana. When the knowledge is internalised we begin to live it. Nidhidhyasana is meditation which leads to Realisation, the last step to gaining knowledge of Self.

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