Gita Acharan |English

Physical entities like us (manifested) are invariably affected by two delusions. The first one, ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™œ๐™–-๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ๐™–, born out of three ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ, leads to ๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง (๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ข-๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™– or I am doer) whereas 'actions' happen because of interactions between ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ. Second is the delusion brought by polarities of longing and aversion which leads to desires to possess things, people and feelings; and develop an aversion to others whereas it's about witnessing 'actions' without longing or aversion. These two complement each other. While ๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง justifies desires; desires, especially fulfilled ones, enhance ๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง.


In this regard, Krishna says, "Those who strive for liberation from old age and death, taking ๐™–๐™จ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™– (refuge) in Me, they realise the ๐˜ฝ๐™ง๐™–๐™๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ (the whole/absolute), ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– (spirituality/individual self) and ๐™–๐™ ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™–๐™ข-๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– (all aspects of action) (7.29). Those who know Me as ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™๐™ž๐™—๐™๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™– (above elements), ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ž๐™ซ๐™– (above God's) and ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™๐™ž๐™ฎ๐™–๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™– (above sacrifices) even at the time of death, they, steadfast in mind, know Me" (7.30).


Interestingly, Krishna brings death and old age immediately after delusions (7.25 and 7.27) as these delusions instill fear in us like the fear of desires not getting fulfilled or ahankaar getting hurt. But death is the root fear which takes many forms of fear and overcoming this will help us transcend delusions, hence, many cultures use death as an instrument of ๐™ซ๐™–๐™ž๐™ง๐™–๐™–๐™œ๐™ฎ๐™– (dispassion) to control the mind and overcome all fears. Krishna advises '๐™–๐™จ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™–' (refuge) which is taking refuge in ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– leading to understanding HIM in totality.


The state of 'asritya' is like a wise man who actively accepts all outcomes to be the LORD's blessings to his prayers; his mantra being reading letters from A to Z and requesting the ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– to assemble them in whichever manner the ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– sees fit -as whatever is needed and whatever happens, is embedded in these syllables.

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