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Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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

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Swamiji begins this talk by again reminding the listeners about the important points presented in the 18th chapter.

1)Krishna assures everyone that all the four varna categories, following their own natural tendencies, can attain perfection through activities.
2)Worship the transcendental Truth by one’s own activities. How to worship the Truth by one’s own activities? One has to be freed of desires, ego and have an integrated personality. Then it becomes an offering to the Universal Truth. Such a person attains the perfection of non-doership (naishkarmya).
3) Even attaining this state, a seeker has to strive for Brahma Sthiti, the climax of spiritual seeking. In this state one sees the Brahman alone in and through all actions and interactions.

Swamiji proceeds to discuss the verses which speak about the person who is fit to attain Brahman. A seeker attains Brahman when he possesses purified intellect, mind and senses. Overcoming mental constrictions, he becomes free from egotism, violence, arrogance, selfishness and desires and becomes tranquil and calm. He perceives the same Self in every being in creation. Adoration, devotion, gratitude, faith and love towards the Supreme dawns in him. A sense of oneness and surrender fills his heart. Such a person attains supreme devotion for the Universal Lord.

Such a supreme devotee understands that the Lord is the source and controller of the whole creation. He seeks wholesome refuge in the universal Lord. Thus, surrendering exclusively to the Supreme being, he attains eternal peace by His grace.

Shlokas Discussed: 18.56 to 18.65

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