Gita Daily Readings

3rd September
Chapter XII: 5
Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the unmanifest; for the goal, the unmanifest, is very hard for the embodied to reach.

Commentary

Here, again, you will notice that there is no wholesale condemnation of another's different point of view. The god-man is sincerely eager to perceive and to understand the truth that underlies all viewpoints; this truth is common to all, and the defect, if any, belongs to human imperfection (which again is universal, isn't it?). It is only a fool who considers that his viewpoint alone is correct. A wise man knows that if another's argument appears defective to him, his argument may similarly appear defective to the other! Accepting this premise, if we look for the common factors, we shall find them in plenty.

There are those, admits Krishna, whose temperament may qualify them for abstract meditation on the absolute. We shall not forget here that even in their case, control of the mind and senses should be natural and effortless, and even they will be keenly devoted to the welfare of all beings. They will not foolishly deny the existence of the manifold manifest beings on earth and lead a parasitical life. They will first deny the validity of their own sense-impressions and the cravings of the mind, and thus deplete these of their soul-distracting power.

The sincere spiritual aspirant who, wrongly feeling that the path of the nameless-formless meditation is superior, enters it, will find that the trouble there is greater than on the other path. To remove a thorn with another thorn is easy; to blow it away with an electric fan may be possible, but more difficult! An embodied being will find it easier to divert the senses from the world to a sense-comprehensible God and to wipe the world of names and forms from the mind by filling it with nameful-formful God.

If, however, you have risen above body-consciousness, you can tread the difficult road to God-realization! Even then you will see and serve the one self in all beings.

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