In this discourse, Swamiji again explains the significant portions of the chapter. This repetition helps one and all to grasp the ideas presented, introspect over them and absorb them.
A person belongs to a varna on the basis of his guna proportions. If he does work according to his svabhava, he will attain perfection. When one is able to perform actions being free of delusional clinging and desires and with self-restraint, he attains Naishkarmya Siddhi (non doership). But it is not the ultimate goal, cautions Swamiji. A seeker has to strive to attain Brahman, the knowledge of the Ultimate Truth.
How does he attain brahman? Who is fit to attain Brahman? Krishna enumerates the qualities that adorn one who is fit to attain the Supreme knowledge. Swamiji discusses each of these Jnana Nishtha qualities.
Such a person who is serene, stable, cheerful, even minded and who is free of desires attains para bhakti, says Krishna. This transcendental devotion makes one know the Supreme Reality in essence and he verily becomes brahman. Taking refuge in the Lord, he performs all activities wholesomely taking refuge in the Supreme and he attains the eternal spiritual abode.
Shlokas Discussed: 18.49 to 56
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.