Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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

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Carrying forward the discussion from the previous day’s talk, Swamiji analyses buddhi (intelligence) and dhriti (will). He says that a person of rajasa buddhi has a fragmented vision of the world and there is a predominance of doership and enjoyership in him. His activities are desire motivated and egocentric. Tamasa buddhi has a veiling tendency and tends to project a reverse picture of a situation. Persons with tamasa buddhi are totally immersed in delusion and are inattentive and lazy.

Swamiji highlights the fact that however great the buddhi may be, it is our dhriti that enables us to walk firmly based on our understanding and knowledge. Sattvika dhriti channelizes all our activities on the path of yoga. Rajasa dhriti guides one to act with the thought of ‘Me and Mine’. Their every act is egoistic and based on the amount of joy they derive from it. People with tamasa dhriti are bound by delusion and can never get rid of daydreaming, imaginative fear, grief, depression, pride and indulgence in the materialistic world.

Shlokas Discussed: 18.29 to 18.35

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