Wednesday, October 14, 2015

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message (Gita 18-50)


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Daily Bhagavad Gita Message  

Gita 18-50

siddhiṁ prāpto yathā brahma tathāpnoti nibodha me
samāsenaiva kaunteya niṣṭhā jñānasya yā parā

Know from Me in brief, O son of Kunti (Arjuna), how he who has attained such perfection (purification of Antahkarna or inner senses) man attains Brahma (the Eternal or the Absolute), that supreme state of knowledge. (Jñāna).


Here, the term 'siddhim' (perfection) denotes complete purification of Antahkarna (inner senses, mind-heart),  attained by an aspirant of Karmayog, after attaining that one can follow either the Path of Knowledge or the Path of Devotion. If the Karmayogi has tendencies for Jnana, he would pursue Jnana, or if he has tendencies towards devotion then he would go to the path of devotion.
If an aspirant does not insist on any one of disciplines of Karmayoga, Jnanayoga and Bhaktiyoga-- then these become the 'means' as well as the 'end'. The three paths are separate as a 'means' but as an end, all the three are one. Therefore in the Gītā, the Lord in certain places declared devotion as a means to achieve an end which is Knowledge (Self-realization)-- (13/10, 14/26);  and  in  other places He declared Jnana as a means to achieve Bhakti (Devotion and Love) as an end-- (12/4, 18/54).
By the expression 'svakarmaṇā tamabhyarcya siddhiṁ vindati mānavaḥ' (18/46) the Lord first declared the perfection in devotion through Karmayoga; and here He declares the perfection in Jñānayoga through Karmayoga by the expression 'siddhiṁ prāpto yathā brahma'.

From Gita Prabodhani in Hindi, by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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