Sunday, November 30, 2014

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message - Gita 17-03


||  Shree Hari  ||

Shree Paramatme Namah

Seventeenth Chapter


sattvānurūpā sarvasya śraddhā bhavati bhārata
śraddhāmayo'yaṁ puruṣo yo yacchraddhaḥ sa eva saḥ

O Bhārata (Arjuna), the faith (Shraddha or 'Bhaava' or conviction) of each person is in accordance with his inner sense. The very essence of the man is his faith; as a man's faith is, so verily is he.


Arjuna had asked the question-- what is the nature of disposition of those while disregarding ordinance of the scriptures, perform sacrifices (Yajna) in good faith?  Here, the Lord answers-- 'yo yacchraddhaḥ sa eva saḥ' meaning that whatever his faith is, accordingly is his disposition.
The self (fragment of God) of all is pure only but due to company, scriptures, thoughts, environment etc., in his mind, there is predominance of one of the Gunas, meaning that due to the effect of company, scripture etc. his mind becomes like that and according to that state of mind, his faith becomes Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic. Therefore, one should always associate himself only with Sattvic company, scripture, thoughts, environment etc. By doing this his mind and accordingly his faith will become Sattvic which will uplift him spiritually. Opposed to this, man should never associate with Rajasic-Tamasic company or scripture etc; because his faith will also become Rajasic-Tamasic which will make him fall from the spiritual path.   

From Gita Prabodhini  by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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