Gita Acharan |English


At the end of the eleventh chapter (11.55), Krishna says that HE can only be reached through ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž (devotion). Thus, the revered twelfth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is called ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž ๐™”๐™ค๐™œ๐™– . Arjun was terrified and frightened to see the original Form (๐™จ๐™–๐™–๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง) of Krishna (๐™‘๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ข) and enquires, "Between those who are steadfastly devoted to You (Form) and those who worship the imperishable and unmanifest (Formless - ๐™‰๐™ž๐™ง๐™–๐™–๐™ ๐™–๐™–๐™ง, ๐™‰๐™ž๐™ง๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ ), whom do you consider to be more perfect in ๐™”๐™ค๐™œ๐™–" (12.1)? Incidentally, all cultures have roots in this question.


In the Gita, three broad paths are given. ๐™†๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– (action) for mind oriented people; ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™– (awareness) for Buddhi (intellect) oriented and ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž (devotion) for heart oriented. Certainly, they are not watertight paths and a lot of criss-crossing takes place between them and that's what is reflected in this chapter. Krishna earlier gave a hierarchy (3.42) and said that the mind is superior to the senses; buddhi is superior to the mind. He also said that he can't be attained through vedas, rituals or charity (11.53). This leads to the conclusion that one reaches ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž either through a sequential path of ๐™†๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–-๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™– or through an exponential path (very rare). ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž is the final step to the ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– .


๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž is beyond our prayers, rituals or chanting to fulfill our desires or remove difficulties. It is being both ๐™‰๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™–-๐™ข๐™–๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™– (an instrument in HIS hand) and ๐™Ž๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™๐™–-๐™ซ๐™–๐™–๐™ฃ (one with Shradha -trust), simultaneously. ๐™‰๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™–-๐™ข๐™–๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™– is realising that we are just an instrument in HIS hands when both favourable and unfavorable things happen through us. ๐™Ž๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™๐™– is accepting whatever comes our way as HIS blessings, whether it is to our liking or not. Essentially, it is unconditional love which Krishna described as a state of seeing the self in others, and others in the self; and seeing HIM everywhere (6.29).

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