Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bhagavad-Gita on true Spirituality

The Bhagavad-Gita offers a great piece of advice to those on the Spiritual path. Remember that famous quote made by Newton on his death bed “All my life I have felt as if I have been exploring a shore and looking at a few pretty shells here and there, while the whole ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me “

Let’s have a look at these verses from the Bhagavad-Gita.
“The Dull-witted, with minds full of desire, who regard heaven as their highest goal, who are enamored of the panegyric statements in the Vedas and assert that there is nothing else higher than this, all speak in the same flowery language about the numerous kinds of rites which produce birth, actions and their results, as the means to enjoyment and power. Those who are attached to enjoyment and power, and those who dwell in this flowery language never attain the one –pointed determination leading to contemplation on the Ever-Existent.”

What it means – One often hears Spiritual Gurus and Preachers quote great and flowery verses from the scriptures mechanically like robots. The language used by these supposedly enlightened persons is the same; cutting across all religions. They speak as if they have experienced all that is stated first hand. The Ever-Existent or infinity can never be put into words; were it so could it not be the finite. Such persons never attain realization. The mind is such an instrument that it can never be confined to a restricted space, if confined it mutates into something morbid.

“The Vedas only deal with the subjects coming under the three Gunas.Oh! Arjuna, transcend the three Gunas, free from dualities, always established in goodness, regardless of acquisition or preservation, and self-possessed.”

What it means – The three Gunas or the basic qualities – Creative, Preservative and Destructive have to be transcended in order to know the Ever-Existent. The Ever-Existent is above these three Gunas.One has to be immersed in goodness; but without the expectation of any fruits; this is the highest possible action.

“All the purpose that the small reservoirs serve is served by a vast lake filled with water. Similarly the purpose that all the Vedas serve is attained by a man of realization.”

What it means – The realized man attains everything, including that which is contained in the religious scriptures. Even the practitioners of Non Duality should remember that Non-Duality is not the final frontier; there is something beyond the Non-Dual.This is true Spirituality.


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