Gita Daily Readings

2nd September
Chapter XII: 3-4
Those who worship the imperishable, the indefinable, the unmanifest, the omnipresent, the unthinkable, the immovable and the eternal,

Having restrained all the senses, even-minded, everywhere intent on the welfare of all beings - verily they also come unto me only.

Commentary

The answer to Arjuna's question is highly interesting. Deep meditation on the first five verses of the twelfth chapter will teach us the best way to handle controversial matters. In the heat of controversy, we often forget the real issue! Hence, Krishna reiterated the vital factor in verse 2. He does not beg the question nor evade it completely; discussion, argumentation and even controversy are good! Metaphysical "friction" is like mechanical friction - it generates both energy and heat. Energy is desirable and heat is undesirable. Wisdom in argument acts like radiator-water, enabling us to absorb energy and avoid heat!

One of the best ways to do so is to understand the opponent's viewpoint; there is some truth in all viewpoints. In verses 3 and 4, Krishna concedes that even "they who are devoted to the nameless and the formless being, come to me." By quietly slipping in the word eva (only), he pricks the bubble of the "superiority" of a particular path. If the fundamentals enunciated in verse 2 are borne in mind, both paths lead to the same goal!

If your temperament leads you to the path of the unmanifest, nameless, formless being - by all means tread it - "it will lead you also to me only." But, please do not cheat yourself; make sure that you recognize God's omnipresence in all beings by serving them, and that you recognize the real impediments to all yoga (these being the wisdom-veiling power in the senses and the mind) by controlling them. You can say God is transcendental, but you cannot say the mind and senses are unsubstantial and ignore them.

Till one is well established in the realization of the omnipresence of God, there can be no love. There is merely a business transaction or contract ("I love you because …"). When one is truly in love, the heart expands. The great devotees and yogis are devoted to the welfare of all beings. In their actions and attitude to life, one perceives love.

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