Saturday, May 31, 2014

[gita-talk] The Bhagavad Gita - Daily Message - 15 /11


||   Shree Hari   ||

Fifteenth Chapter

||   15 / 11  ||

yatanto yoginaścainaḿ paśyantyātmanyavasthitam

yatanto'pyakṛtātmāno nainaḿ paśyantyacetasaḥ

Those who strive, endued with Yoga, realize Atman dwelling in their own hearts; 

those who have not purified their hearts, these ignorant men do no perceive the Atman, 

even though striving. 

Neither pleasure nor prosperity stays permanently with us— a man naturally possesses this discrimination.  

But those people, who in spite of studying the scriptures, 

keeping holy company and practicing spiritual discipline, do not pay attention to 

their discrimination faculty, do not realize that they are separate from pleasures and 

prosperity, are 'akṛtātmā' (have not purified their hearts). Such people in the sixteenth 

verse of the eighteenth chapter have been called 'akṛtabuddhi' (of impure intellect) 

and 'durmati' (of perverted understanding). Though God-realization is not difficult, even 

then in spite of practicing the spiritual discipline, they do not realize God because 

of their attachment and desire for the worldly pleasures. The reason is that Vivek 

(discrimination) does not remain steady of a man who hankers after pleasures and 

In the preceding verse the people who have been called 'vimūḍhāḥ' (deluded), 

here they have been called 'acetasah' (unintelligent). Being deluded by Gunas, they 

neither know the division of sense-objects nor that of the Self i.e., they do not know that 

the Self is distinctly separate from the pleasures of which there is supposed union and 

gradual separation.

On this topic, from seventh to eleventh verse, the Lord wants to explain that His 

fragment, the Soul, is totally different from the entities (bodies, objects and actions) --

which by error man assumes them as his own, but these are entirely separate. Both are 

totally separate just like as the sun and the darkest night of amāvasyā (last day of the 

dark half of a month) are separate, their union is impossible. He, who perceives that the 

sentient and the insentient are totally separate from each other, is wise and is a Yogī 

(sage). But he who perceives the sentient (the Self) united with the insentient (matter), 

is ignorant and a 'bhogī (indulged in pleasure).

From Gita Prabodhani in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji  



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