Tuesday, May 13, 2014

[gita-talk] The Bhagavad Gita - Daily Message - 15/1


||   Shree Hari   ||

Shree Paramatme Namah

Fifteenth Chapter


ūrdhvamūlamadhaḥśākhamaśvatthaṁ prāhuravyayam

chandāṁsi yasya parṇāni yastaṁ veda sa vedavit

The Blessed Lord said

The Asvattha or Pīpala tree (in the form of creation) is said to be imperishable (only due to its continuous flow but otherwise it is always changing) as having its root above and branches below, and the Vedas are its leaves, he who knows this Samsara-tree, is the knower of all the Vedas.

The purpose of calling the world 'avyaya' (imperishable) is that though the world undergoes changes constantly, yet nothing is spent out of it i.e., it does not come to an end. As in the ocean, many waves appear to rise and there are tides also, but water of the ocean remains the same, it neither decreases nor increases. Similarly though it appears that the world constantly undergoes changes, yet it remains, 'avyaya' (unspent). The reason is that even the changing nature of the world, being an evolute of God's power 'aparā prakṛti' (lower nature) is also a manifestation of God— sadasaccāhamarjuna' (Gītā 9/19). The changing 'aparā prakṛti' is a form of God only. 

This world is in the form of waves in God-ocean. As in the ocean, the waves appear rising on the surface only; inside the ocean, there are no waves, the ocean remains calm and uniform, similarly outwardly the world appears to be changing, yet within it,  there is God, Who is ever calm and uniform (Gītā 13/27). It means that the world is not avyaya or imperishable by itself or by its own nature but it is avyaya (imperishable) because it is a manifestation of God.

Gita Prabodhani by Swami Ramsukhdasji  



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