Friday, October 23, 2015

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message (Gita 18-55)


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Daily Bhagavad Gita Message  

Gita 18-55

bhaktyā māmabhijānāti yāvānyaścāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā viśate tadanantaram

Through devotion, he comes to know of Me in essence (tattva), what and who I am; and thereby knowing Me in reality, he forthwith merges into Me.

What I am and who I am-- this statement pertains only to God endowed with attributes; because 'yāvān-tāvān' can be applicable to God with attributes and definitely not to God without the attributes. 'yāvānyaścāsmi' has been described in 30th verse of seventh Chapter 'saadhibhootaadhidaivam maam saadhiyajnaam ca ye viduh'. It proves the specialty and prime importance  of God  endowed with attributes.

      Here, the expression 'bhaktyā māmabhijānāti' says that by having firm belief (without doubt) in God is like knowing Him.

The aspirant following the Path of Knowledge, after Self-realization, when he attains devotion, then he knows Brahma in essence and also enters into Him, but he does not behold Him; nothing lacks in him but he has no desire for God's vision while the aspirant who follows the path of devotion from the beginning, knows God in essence, merges into Him and also beholds Him (Gītā 11/54). Therefore, the saints who follow the Path of Knowledge, they do talk about love and devotion for God but they do not mention about beholding Him.
As people coming by different paths, having entered the gate, meet together, similarly the aspirants following different Yoga disciplines, having entered into God, they become one i.e., by not having even the subtle trace of ego, they no longer have difference of opinions.

From Gita Prabodhani in Hindi, by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram



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