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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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter VI Print E-mail

Entitled “The Yoga of Meditation”, chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita elucidates meditation as the final gateway to Self Realisation. Meditation is more than just shutting one’s eyes and repeating a mantra or word symbol. It is the highest spiritual technique that needs to be practised diligently and devotedly by qualified practitioners. The essential prerequisite for meditation is a calm mind. A mind burdened with desires and attachments is unable to take off into subtler realms of concentration and meditation.

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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter V Print E-mail

A fisherman casts his net to four kinds of fish. One does not get ensnared in the net and is always free. A few struggle to escape and manage to swim away. Others strive to get out but are still imprisoned. The majority, however, bite the net and relax. They are not even aware that they are in a life-threatening situation. They do not feel the danger. Yet a few moments later they are dead.

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