Knowledge & Wisdom

In the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita , Lord Krishna provides all the knowledge and inspiration 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 reflect over it to transform it to wisdom. This is the case with us all. There is a huge gap between what we know and what we do. Like Arjuna, we speak words of wisdom but are unable to use our knowledge to overcome the challenges of life and emerge victorious.

 

Krishna bridges the gap in Chapter VII by provoking reflection. He presents the knowledge from a fresh perspective and ignites original thinking. He promises knowledge as well as wisdom by which we can attain the Highest. He infuses devotion which helps convert theory to practice.

 

Krishna begins with an analysis of the world and details how Brahman permeates the universe. As humans we have the choice of staying with the world or penetrating through to the Spirit. To pursue limited, myopic goals or rise above the obvious and seek the Eternal. The choice is ours. Krishna supports us in our chosen path and ensures we obtain what we strive for. All paths eventually lead to Him. In the end everyone seeks happiness, infinite bliss. Some look for it in the world, some through different religious practices. Krishna respects all paths. In this lies the open-mindedness of the Indian tradition. Not only do we respect all faiths but we accept even agnostics and atheists in our fold.

 

The onus is on us to figure out the quickest and most effective path to the goal of total Fulfilment. The ignorant, unaware of the higher, seek and obtain finite ends. A few people visualize That which transcends the material plane and worship God. They belong to four categories. Some turn to God only to enhance their wealth. They believe that supplication to God will bestow riches on them. The distressed, who meet with tragic circumstances and are agitated, seek solace. Others are curious and seek answers to questions. But the jnanis, the wise, excel. They see the futility of worldly pursuits and abide in the Transcendental. They are not carried away by the glitter of transitory joys. They seek permanent happiness. They reach Enlightenment.