Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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

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Swamiji, in this talk, discusses the concluding verses of chapter 14. He highlights the fact that chapter 14 has practical sadhana related guidelines and is very relevant for a seeker of Truth. It tells us how to recognize the nature of our personality and understand the transformation needed on the basis of our existing Guna combination.

Swamiji comprehensively links several chapters and points out that the enumerated qualities of a Gunateeta are verily the same as Bhakta Lakshanas (Qualities of a devotee) of Chapter 12 and also the same as Jnana Lakshanas (Qualities of a knower) of Chapter 13. It is also the same as Daivi sampatti (Divine Qualities) enumerated in Chapter 16 and elaborated in Chapter 18. They all emphasize the ultimate truth of Samatva, mentioned first in Chapter 2 & 3 and repeated again and again throughout the text.

In conclusion, Swamiji beautifully analyses Sri Krishna’s assurance that whoever worships the Supreme with unswerving devotion, transcends the three Gunas and attains Brahman. This Bhakti or devotion is the total surrender to God and the Guru and it will ultimately take one to the SELF, assures Swamiji.

Shlokas: 14.22 - 27

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