Gita Daily Readings

21st September
Chapter XIII: 18-19
Thus the field,as well as knowledge and the knowable have been briefly stated. My devotee, knowing this, enters into my being.

Know thou that nature and the spirit are both without beginnings; and modifications and qualities are born of nature.

Commentary

The genius of Krishna has compressed into just a dozen verses an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge and deep wisdom. Whole volumes can be written explaining each verse; but they would be hopelessly inadequate compared to deep meditation on each one.

But wait, there are some posers here! Such meditation is possible only to “my devotee” - God’s devotee, not only the devotee of the God-form Krishna. Without love, knowledge is hypocrisy, for true knowledge brings complete understanding and understanding engenders love. On the other hand, love, even of God, without knowledge may perhaps lead us to superstition, not to God-realization. Ramanuja Acharya holds that knowledge is one of the most essential aids to God-love.

So if God's devotee attains this knowledge, what becomes of him? He “enters into my being” - he becomes one with God. No true seeker after God is interested in the academic disputation about whether he retains his individuality or becomes God himself. Perhaps we live in him as fish in the ocean - part of him and yet distinct.

What is significant, however, is the fact that such a devotee shares God's nature (mat-bhavam). He sees the world as God sees it; he does God's will. Hence, he does not remain inert and inactive, but joyously participates in the divine will.

He realizes that God and his nature are eternal; not distinct and separate, but related like fire and heat. The potentiality of manifestation is inherent in the spirit; and when this activates, nature becomes manifest, undergoes modifications and possesses qualities. But the wise devotee knows that even in and through such manifestation God alone exists.

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