Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

09 – Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 13 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – Enlightened Living

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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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