Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message - Gita 16-24


||  Shree Hari  ||
Sixteenth Chapter


tasmācchāstraṁ pramāṇaṁ te kāryākāryavyavasthitau
jñātvā śāstravidhānoktaṁ karma kartumihārhasi

Therefore, let the scripture be the authority in determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done. Knowing this, you should act in this world, only in accordance with the ordinance of scriptures.

In the seventh verse the Lord had mentioned that the people of demonical nature do not know what to do and what not to do. Here the Lord declares that their demonical nature only can be wiped out by performing actions according to the ordinance of the scripture.


Those who have not studied the scriptures, how would they know what to do?


If their aim is to attain salvation, they themselves will come to know what to do; because necessity is the mother of invention. But if they do not aim at salvation, then even after studying the scriptures, they will not know what to do; on the contrary their ignorance will thrive on the assumption that they have better knowledge of scriptures.

The saints-great souls act in accordance with the scriptures, obeying their words and conduct is also considered same as performing actions according to scriptures. In fact, scriptures are based on the conduct, ideals and sentiments of those great men who have attained God.
Based on history, it cannot be determined as to what is the truth. The reason is that it is not known, what was the situation in the society at that time, who did what and why, what was said and why it was said in what circumstances-- this cannot be known completely. Therefore, from the historical narration we can get guidance as to what may be good to do but the determination of truth as far as right versus wrong can only be done with the help of scriptures.  In history, what should be done is prevalent but what should not be done is much more prevalent.   

Om tatsaditi srimadbhagavadgitasupanisatsu
Vyāsa yogasastra srīkṛṣṇārjunasamvāde
daivasurasampadvibhagayogo nama sodaso'dhyayah

Thus with the words, Om, Tat, Sat, the names of the Lord, in the Upaniṣad of the Bhagavadgītā, the knowledge of Brahma, the supreme, the scripture of Yoga and the dialogue between Sri Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna, this the sixteenth discourse is designated:
"The Yoga of Division, between the Divine and the Demoniacal."

From Gita Prabodhini  by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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