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06 – Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 14 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – Transforming our Personality

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In this talk, with the help of examples and illustrations, Swamiji continues to explain the concept of Nature's three Gunas -- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Hearing Swamiji’s detailed explanations, we begin to grasp the comprehensiveness and depth of Sri Krishna’s study of the human personality.

Swamiji tells us that, as seekers, we need to understand the Guna constitution in our own personality, recognize the predominant Gunas and transform ourselves to become more and more Saattvika.

Swamiji further describes the distinction between Saatvika, Rajasika and Tamasika karma. Swamiji quotes slokas from chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita to clarify how Saatvika karmas are performed with a comprehensive and enlarged vision, Rajasika karma with desire and ego, and Tamasika karmas are performed almost blindly without much thought and planning, out of delusion.

Swamiji emphasises that a seeker's Sadhana is to transform his Guna constitution. He highlights the role of one's will (Dhriti) in bringing about the change. Quoting from the Bhagavatam, Swamiji explains that our goal is to attain happiness. And our efforts must be towards understanding and cultivating the Saatvika Guna, performing Saatvika karmas and becoming a Saatvika performer. Swamiji assures us that having attained purity and knowledge, one will transcend the bondage of all the three Gunas and reach a state of inner placidity.

Shlokas Discussed: 14. 14 to 17

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