A Glimpse Into The Bhagavad Gita, (The Song Celestial) Part 2 Saturday's Inspiration 23
The Bhagavad Gita, or Song of the Transcendental Soul, is a priceless work of Spirituality, of Yoga, which is quintessentially the same thing and the message of the Gita. What I have done is give a background setting to the teachings of Yoga, of Spirituality, of Sri Krishna's lofty utterances, which, if followed, can bring ultimate peace.
The Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna, an Avatar – the direct descent of God in human form – and the warrior Arjuna, his favourite disciple. Arjuna is confused and in a dilemma. He is the protagonist of the entire battle of Kurukshetra, yet in the beginning he is confused, lays down his arms and refuses to fight.
On the opposing side, he sees friends, families, uncles, teachers … many who are very dear to him and he is afraid to fight. We can understand this in today’s life when we see so much carnage on the battlefields of war. Many die and the majority are usually the innocents, those who would rather not be there in the first place.
I have given my reader a brief background in Part 1 (see link below), and I have actually started the teachings, beginning with the immortality of the soul. (Part1) Sri Krishna tells Arjuna that the warriors are already dead, that whether Arjuna fights or not is unimportant. Sri Krishna is just asking him to be a good instrument. He is a soldier and his duty is to fight.
Let me pause to tell you that this is quite significant. Yoga philosophy is not like Moses Law that says ‘do not kill.’ Rather, it emphasizes Dharma (Duty or righteousness). God is in the Heart and already knows all. Action of itself also has no power. What matters in action is a live vibrant awareness of the power of God. In other words, the Gita teaches Sincerity of Purpose; Purity of inner Intention.
It is the Heart that matters … the Pilot within our Spirit. It already knows our intention anyway, so we do whatever we have to do, but with love and purity in our Hearts. This is crucial and can apply to our duty to our children, to washing our cars, to going to work, to everything. The trick is detachment … non-clinging to our actions, to offer everything to Brahman (God, the Absolute).
Sri Krishna exhorts every man to do his Dharma (duty), as doing the duty of another could bring us harm. In other words, we should all follow our own calling. In Arjuna’s case, his duty was to fight. I have told the story of a soldier who tended to the wounds of an enemy soldier, and was as such brought before the Commander-in-Chief. This leader not only praised him, but gave him gifts, saying that this soldier had understood his philosophy.
“To work, we are entitled”, says Lord Krishna, “but not to the fruits thereof.” We should not yearn for inaction or do action with expectation of reward. Everything belongs to God and so the results should be offered to God. Here’s Sri Chinmoy’s lofty take on Dharma:
“Dharma is a spiritual word, and it is extremely fertile in meanings. It means the inner code of life; moral, religious and spiritual law; living faith in God’s existence and in one’s own existence; soulful duty, especially enjoined by the scriptures; devoted observances of any caste or sect; willingness to abide by the dictates of one’s soul.” -Sri Chinmoy.
‘willingness to abide by the dictates of one’s soul.’
This line is of paramount importance and is asking us to follow the inner dictates, the voice of conscience or God. When we live in harmony with the Inner Pilot, then nothing can go wrong, even if our duty is to fight. The Heart … the Heart. Nothing is as important as the life within … when we answer to our own calling or station in life.
I am going through the teaching in no particular order, but in spiritual philosophy, surrender is the sweetest and the highest law. It is also the last to be attained. Guruji teaches that nothing is higher than the lofty utterance of the Christ: “Let thy will be done.” We can also say, ‘may Thy will be done in and through me,’ or “I can of my own self do nothing, it is the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” The Christ.
Sri Krishna, like all direct descendants of God, identifies with God to such an extent, that sometimes he speaks like God. Consider this sublime and very profound piece:
“He who sees Me (God) in all and all in me (God), then I never leave him and he never leaves Me and he who in this oneness of love, loves Me in whatever he sees, wherever this man may be, in truth he lives in Me (God). Bhagavad Gita.
Surrender or unconditional surrender, as Sri Chinmoy calls it, means the greatest joy … to live in harmony with God’s Will. This brings its own rewards. We gradually learn to see the Lord in every creature, as Lord Krishna says, in all sentient and non-sentient beings
“Still your mind in Me, still yourself in me and without a doubt, you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your Heart.” Bhagavad Gita. Sri Krishna also makes it clear, that God can only be conquered through love.
By the way, it is important to know a few necessary things in Yoga. Here are a couple more:
- There is only God, not a man in a geographical place called Heaven, waiting to judge us, but a perennial entity – a Divine Ground from which all things spring, live and have their being. In other words, we are spiritual beings. We are souls, a spark of the Universal Soul or Consciousness, called the Absolute Sat, Chit, Ananda (Existence, Consciousness, Bliss-Delight) The closest Christian word is Spirit.
- Each individual soul, the Jiva, has an ultimate goal, which is to re-discover its true nature … to become one with the Self, God, consciously and ceaselessly. When it becomes irreversible, it is called God or Self-Realization.
I don’t have the space here for more about surrender, but let me end with another lofty piece by Sri Krishna:
“Whatever has happened has happened for good.
Whatever is happening is also for good.
Whatever will happen, shall also be good.
What have you lost that you cry for?
What did you bring that you have lost?
What did you create that was destroyed?
What you have taken has been from here.
What you gave, has been given here.
What belongs to you today, belonged to someone
Yesterday, and will be someone else’s tomorrow.
Change is the law of the Universe." The Gita
Reviewing this epic and profound Truth has so much in so little, that it takes time, even though I’m only giving a synopsis. Bear in mind though, that it is the inner code of life and as such very rewarding. I will stop here today and return with Part 3, on Monday, perhaps. Part 1 https://letterpile.com/religion/A-Glimpse-Into-the-Bhagavad-Gita-Part-1-The-Song-Celestial-Thursdays-Homily-for-the-Devout-10
Merry Christmas! -Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 14th December, 2019
Credit: Sri Chinmoy, my Spiritual Mentor.
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