Category : Bhagavad Gita
The fourth selection for our book, the Eternal Path is the description of the ideal Hindu given by Lord Krishna in chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita.
1. shri bhagavan uvacha
abhayam sattva-samshuddhir jñana-yoga-vyavasthitih
danam damas cha yajñas cha svadyayas tapa arjavam
The Qualities of Devotion
One who performs deeds with me in mind, considers me as supreme, becomes my devotee, does not become attached to things and has hatred for no other living being will surely come to me.
Bhagavad Gita 11.55
This verse of the Gita offers Krishna’s thoughts on the qualities of a devotee who reaches the supreme. Performing our acts in the world as Karma-Yogis, being unattached to the results and treating them as sacred offerings to God, this is a great act of devotion. When we offer up everything we do, we slowly loosen the ties of selfishness and anger which hold us back from self realisation. The last point Krishna makes is that we should be completely free of hatred for any other living being. Our hearts should be filled with so much love that all we can see is the divine, this is seeing God within each one of us. This verse describes the immersion of an ideal devotee.
When you have aquired this highest knowledge you shall never again fall to illusion. You will realise that all living beings exist within you and moreover within me. Bhagavad Gita 4.35
We are all part of this great body of God. The highest realisation is seeing God in all things and all people. Love Everybody.
Lets do something very special today to celebrate Gita Jayanti – The Day when Lord Shri Krishna spoke the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.
I have uploaded a special verse from the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita taken from our upcoming Gita Memorization course Chapter 12.2 Where the Beloved Lord says:
The last question Arjuna asks Lord Shri Krishna in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita is, ‘what is the description of a person established in profound knowledge?’
The Beloved Lord then replies with a wonderful description of a being devoid of all selfishness. A person who with senses restrained is absorbed in yoga on the Lord. Free from attachment and anger, the sage is always calm and free from suffering. This sage is like the ocean which is continually filled with active rivers but stands still throughout.
In the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says, ‘Relinquishing egotism, violence, pride, lust, anger, and selfish desire; free from the notion of “my”, obtaining a peaceful disposition; then one becomes fit for attaining oneness with Brahman. (18.53)
I hope you’re well and in good health,
The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.