Let us have a portrayal,
not of an introduction to knowledge
through which one approaches yagya,
but of the culmination of knowledge or perception of God,
in which there is first the destruction of all unrighteous inclinations
in which then even the act of meditation is dissolved.
The one who had to be attained to has been attained.
Now who is there to look for by further meditation?
Lord Krishn sings in Chapter Four of Bhagavad Gita:
“As blazing fire turns fuel to ashes,
so verily O Arjun,
the fire of knowledge reduces all action to ashes.”
The sage with the wisdom that arises
from perception of God brings his actions to an end.
But where does this perception of God occur?
Is it an external or internal phenomenon?
Lord Krishn says:
“Doubtlessly nothing in the world is more purifying
than this knowledge
your heart will realize it spontaneously
when you have attained to perfection
on the Way of Action.”
Nothing in this world purifies as this knowledge does.
And this knowledge will be manifest to the doer alone,
not to anyone else,
when his practice of yog has reached maturity,
not at its inception,
not in the middle,
but within his heart-within his Self.
What is the required ability for this knowledge?
Lord Krishn sings:
“The worshiper of true faith
who has subdued his senses
attains to this knowledge
at the very moment of attainment
he is rewarded with the benediction
For realization of God one needs to possess
faith, determination, and restraint of the senses.
If there is no intensely felt curiosity for the knowledge of God,
even taking refuge in a seer will not bring it.
Also, mere faith is not enough.
The worshiper’s effort may be feeble.
Therefore, the determination to proceed
resolutely along the prescribed way is a necessity.
Along with this it is also necessary to restrain the senses.
Realization of the Supreme God will not come easily to one
who is not free from desire.
So only a man who has faith, enthusiasm for action,
restraint of the senses can have this knowledge.
And the very moment this knowledge dawns upon him,
he is blessed with the ultimate peace,
because after this there is left nothing more to strive for.
After this he will never know anything other than peace.
Lord Krishn adds:
“For a skeptic, bereft of faith and knowledge,
who strays from the path of righteousness,
there is happiness
in this world
in the next;
he loses both the worlds.”
For the man who is ignorant
the way of yagya- for the doubting man who is of devoid of faith
who strays from the path of good,
there is no happiness,
no next life in human form,
So if there are any doubts in the worshiper,
he should go to a seer and resolve them,
he will never know the reality.
So who is blessed with knowledge?
Lord Krishn sings further:
“O Dhananjay, action cannot bind the man
who relies on God and who has surrendered
all his actions to him by the practice of karm-yog
all whose doubts have been put to rest by knowledge.”
Action cannot enslave the man whose deeds are dissolved in God
the practice of yog,
whose doubts have been resolved by perception,
who is united with God.
Action will be brought to an end only by yog.
Only true knowledge will destroy doubts.
Lord Krishn concludes:
“So, O Bharat, dwell in yog
stand up to cut down
this irresolution that has entered into your heart
because of ignorance
with the steel of knowledge.”
Arjun has to fight.
But the enemy-irresolution-is within his own heart,
When we proceed on the way of devotion and contemplation,
it is but natural that feelings of doubt and passion will arise
as obstacles before us.
These enemies launch a fearful assault.
To fight them and overcome them,
through the destruction of uncertainties
by the practice of the ordained yagya,
the war that Arjun has to wage,
and the result of this war for him will be
absolute eternal peace and victory
there is no possibility of defeat.
~Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans~
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