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Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

13 – Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 18 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – The Way to Freedom

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In this talk, Swamiji continues with the enlightening and absorbing discussion on the vital and revolutionary concepts and features of Bhagavad Gita.

Swamiji says that a seeker may have a very pertinent question that if the path of jnana nishtha (exclusive knowledge pursuit) is so sublimating, why did Krishna prescribe Karma Yoga to Arjuna? For exclusive Knowledge pursuit, a seeker has to have exclusive dedication towards scriptural studies and has to be given to introspection, meditation and assimilation of the knowledge. Only few seekers are able to take to this exclusive pursuit. But Swamiji assures us that a seeker in the midst of domestic, professional and societal responsibilities can reach the same goal of spiritual excellence by practicing Karma yoga as explained by Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.

Swamiji reiterates Sri Krishna’s message saying that it is only a matter of bringing the yoga element in all our activities. A seeker is required to pursue and do the same activities but with a changed mindset and attitude. The soul dimensions should be assiduously applied in our interactional life every moment. Bhagavad Gita emphasizes the internal dimensions of the mind and intelligence. An Upanishadic practitioner may shun activities but a Bhagavad Gita student has to remain in activities and change his attitude and orientation. Thus, a new mental orientation leads the seeker to the same Brahmic state as realized by the jnanis.

Bhagavad Gita deals solely with the internal awakening of the human mind. It introduces concepts like yajna, yoga, asanga and samatva, by practicing which one can get rid of the constrictions of the mind and lead a life of expansion, unaffectedness and peace, says Swamiji.

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