Gita Daily Readings

30th September
Chapter XIII: 33-34
Just as the one sun illumines the whole world, so also the lord of the field (God) illumines the whole field, Oh Arjuna.

They who, by the eye of wisdom, perceive the distinction between the field and its knower, and also the liberation from the nature of being, go to the supreme

Commentary

The scientist tells us that the earth was part of the sun and broke away from it long ago. Even today, the same sun sheds light and life on the whole of the earth. Though apart, the earth is still “part” of the sun (the solar system) enjoying the benefits of a close “commonwealth” association.

In the same way, when consciousness remembered its own potentialities, the manifestation-potential was actualized into infinite combinations of atoms and molecules, giving rise to a variety of beings together called the kshetra - the field, the body of God. This body is not inert and useless but is indwelt and illumined by the light of God whose power dances in every atom of existence, inviting us to realize him and thus go beyond sin and suffering.

The common man's vision is so gross that only the grossness of diversity is visible to him. He is sense-limited, sense-bound and mind-enslaved. It is necessary for him first to acquire subtlety of vision, delicacy of understanding and freedom from the bondage of ideological slavery, before he can arrive at cosmic consciousness. Hence Krishna demands that the wise disciple should first acquire that sharpness of wisdom which will enable him to pare nature from God, by which process alone he can glimpse the universal substratum (God) and then proceed to liberate himself from the illusion of bhuta-prakrti or elemental nature.

He discovers that he is not even part of the world, he is the world - if one point is removed from the circumference of a circle, there is no circle! There is one solid mass of awareness that is able to respond to every situation in life as it arises. We are all swimming in that ocean of awareness. Thus the wise disciple will know the supreme and realize that he and he alone exists - one without a second.

Thus in the Upanishad of the glorious Bhagavad Gita,
The science of the eternal, the scripture of yoga,
the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna,
ends the thirteenth discourse entitled:

The Yoga of the Distinction Between
the Field and the Knower of the Field.

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