Bhagavad-Gita on the Non-Dual

There are numerous passages in the Bhagavad-Gita on Non-Duality. However, these two verses I have found are a clear description of the Non-Dual nature of God and Non-Duality as the only way forward to evolution and liberation.

Chapter 7 -13
त्रिभिर्गुणमयैर्भावैरेभिः सर्वमिदं जगत्‌ l
मोहितं नाभिजानाति मामेभ्यः परमव्ययम्‌ ll

Tribhirguṇamayairbhavairebhiḥ sarvamidaṁ jagat l
Mohitam nabhijanati mamebhyaḥ paramavyayam ll

The world hypnotized by the three gunas does not see me l
I transcendent these three gunas and am indestructible ll

In this verse, the Supreme Being Shri Krishna tells Arjuna that, he the Supreme Being is not he the three Gunas. The three gunas are –
Satvik or the Creative forces, which represent goodness.
Rajas or the Protective forces, which represent preservation
Tamas or the destructive forces, which represent destruction.

In the Hindu religion these three forces which make up each and everything, even the smallest particle are represented by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, this is also known as the Hindu Trinity.Shri.Krishna says that the Supreme Being is beyond them and transcendents them. The Ever-Existent or the Supreme Being is not the three gunas, even though the three gunas are contained in the Supreme Being. The three gunas are the Universe, and this includes the material Universe which we see and live in every moment of our lives. The Supreme Being is beyond this.

Chapter 2- 45
त्रैगुण्य-विषया वेदा निस्त्रैगुण्यो भवार्जुन l
निर्द्वन्द्वो नित्य-सत्त्वस्थो निर्योगक्षेम आत्मवान् ll

Trai-guna vishaya veda nistrai-gunyo bhavarjun l
Nirdvando nitya-sattvastho niryogakshem atmavan ll

The Vedas mostly preach one about the three gunas; you discard these three gunas, O Arjuna l
Free yourself from duality, establish your mind in godliness, and don’t worry about wealth and protection ll

In this verse, the Supreme Being Krishna preaches Arjuna to discard all the three gunas or the three traits found in each and every being. The meaning is that one cannot know, see, feel or be like the Supreme being if one only lives within the traits represented by the three gunas. One has to transcendent the traits of the three gunas. There is only one thing which is beyond the three gunas and that thing is the Supreme Being or the Ever-Existent.

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