Raja Yoga, The Path of Meditation
Krishna says, “It is not those who lack energy or refrain from action, but those who work without expectation of reward who attain the goal of meditation. Theirs is true renunciation. Therefore, Arjuna, you should understand that renunciation and the performance of selfless service are the same. Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.”
aried choices and varied paths all ultimately lead towards the same end. While the ways to achieve union with God appear to be different from each other, a perfect person is one who can blend or weave all four paths of yoga into a cohesive whole. One path is not superior to any other; they are all intertwined. Each path is necessary to become a conscious participant in the game of life.
The Bhagavad Gita could very well be a handbook of self-revelation and a guide to action for the purpose of illumination and liberation of human consciousness or spirit. This religious classic helps followers of any sect or religion to find the inner way to the golden gates city of the Eternal Abode, God, Source or Absolute. You may call it by any name you choose. Millions of people have found comfort and refuge in this great book which set forth the essential and eternal principles of a spiritual religion. The Bhagavad Gita’s wisdom is not based on dogma, ill-founded facts, or arbitrary rules laid down by for selfish purposes.
The Perennial Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita is encoded on many layers. Some of the main lessons of the Gita are as follows:
Purushottam is the changeless ultimate reality, which lies beneath what appears to be the utter chaos of this world
The same reality lies at the core of every human personality, atman, which is encased in the koshas. It is a struggle for each person to transcend to the divine call to that Truth or Reality for divine union of the soul
The purpose of life is to realize God on earth to be free, to be a jivanmukta by yoking all powers of the body, mind, and soul to God. It is the discipline of intellect, will, mind and emotions. This requires renouncing selfish desires, thoughts, actions, attachments and cravings (trishna, which literally means “thirst”) for own self-gratification and self-glorification. These bind us in total misery and keep us on the rotating wheel of time and karma (Samsara). In other words, the Gita encourages a shift of focus from the senses to transmute and transcend to divine union (Nirvana) through the various paths of yoga and meditation
As humans we have been gifted with the two-fold nature of being divine and human at the same time. As spiritual warriors, what are we willing to do to re-embrace, recover and remember that eternal part of us, atman, which exists energetically within our hearts, and which is made in the likeness of the Divine, paramatman? That eternal part of a person is never lost, but it gets buried and embedded in our profane activities, keeping us distracted & engaged in serving insatiable desires.
The essence of the Bhagavad Gita message is the need to vanquish all insatiable desires (symbolically represented in the Gita by the Kauravas), which are driven by our five senses (Pandavas in the Gita). These desires cloud our judgment and leave us blind (as the blind king Dhritarashtra in the Gita) to our true authentic nature and duty, the Svadharma (meaning “own dharma”). Why are we here? What is our true sacred purpose, and how do we go about achieving this state? A careful reading of the Bhagavad Gita reveals the answers to all of these questions. Conquering the lower human self by vanquishing the ego of our desires through our higher Divine Self, (Krishna) is the central message of this Celestial Song, the Bhagavad Gita.
Reading the Bhagavad Gita
Thank you for taking the time to read my War Within blog series. I strongly encourage you to become acquainted with the Bhagavad Gita in its entirety. Personally, I have many editions with commentary by several Hindu philosophers.
For people who are new to the Gita, I recommend the easily accessible Bhagavad Gita edition with excellent commentary by Eknath Easwaran, available from Amazon and many other booksellers.