Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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

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Swamiji begins this discourse with the discussion of Purusha and Prakriti. Referring to shlokas from various chapters, Swamiji highlights the fact that the creation or Srishti is the conjunction of Purusha and Prakriti.

The world including our body, mind and ego is part of Prakriti. It is the power of fragmentation, it sustains the cause & effect chain and undergoes ceaseless modifications. But it is the Purusha that reveals it àll. But for Purusha’s presence, no experience of any kind is possible. The Purusha, dwelling in the body, witnesses, permits, supports and experiences everything.

Quoting from the 15th chapter, Swamiji describes the kshara Purusha (which is personalized, and perishable), Akshara Purusha (the unchanging , imperishable witness within - which gets affected because of the association with the body-mind complex) and the Supreme Purusha or the Purushottama as the one which transcends all differences and dualities.

Quoting from Yoga Vasishtha, Swamiji highlights the role of Vichara in overcoming bondage and suffering. It is through the process of discrimination and continuous contemplation that our mind and intelligence undergo a change and become sharp and purified to grasp the eternal truth.

Nutan Swamiji calls upon the seekers, encouraging and inspiring them, to look within, do Vichara. In this body-mind frame resides Maheshwara who is the supreme refuge, support and the controller of the Universe but we fail to recognise this presence, says Swamiji. One who discovers this truth will simply sail through the worldly ocean without getting bound by it.

Shlokas Discussed: 21 to 26

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