In the 13th chapter, Sri Krishna presents the subtle concepts of Kshetra and Kshetrajna, Purusha and Prakriti, Jnana (Knowledge) and Jneya (what is to be known). Swamiji deeply analyzes and discusses them and brings clarity to our minds.
In this absorbing talk, Swamiji goes on to explain the subtle truths about our own true identity.
Swamiji again reminds the listeners that all the qualities enumerated in the chapter constitute true spiritual wisdom. The idea is for the seekers to strive to imbibe these qualities and virtues which would lead to expansion, elevation and transformation of one’s personality.
Swamiji continues to discuss the Jneya (that which should be known), as described by Sri Krishna. Though indivisible, the Supreme appears to be divided. In fact, all multiplicity exists only because of this singular transcendental presence. It is the creator, sustainer and destroyer.
Swamiji takes us through these subtle truths in a practical, simple and wonderful manner, eventually telling us that only a Saatvika mind can know and become the Truth (which is our true identity). To know this Singular presence, a seeker needs to discipline his/her personality through Saatvika inputs.
Discussing Prakriti and Purusha, Swamiji explains that they are both beginningless. All modifications are in the ken of Prakriti, while Purusha is changeless.
Shlokas Discussed: 13.17 to 13.20
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.