Gita Daily Readings

29th April
Chapter Five: 23-24
He who, while still here, is able to withstand the impulse born of desire and anger, before liberation from the body - is a yogi. He is a happy man.

He who is happy within, who rejoices within and who is illuminated within, that yogi attains absolute freedom or moksha - himself becoming Brahman.

Commentary

In the inner depth of one's being is the point of contact with Brahman the absolute. It is significant, therefore, that modern science has turned its searchlight of analysis on the "nucleus," the subtler-than-the-cell structure, for a knowledge of the fundamentals. No wonder, either, that herein is discovered amazing intelligence, power and order. Are we on the threshold of a scientific discovery of God?

We, too, shall find our peace and bliss, light and life, in that innermost depth where the soul is God. We shall realize that the force of God's love holding the whole universe together is misunderstood by the soul as the source of that sense-pleasure which is easily experienced. The soul foolishly desires such pleasure, transferring it to external objects. The yogi clears this mist of ignorance and rejoices within the self.

Pleasure is not the goal of Indian ethics or religion. If personal pleasure is good (and so the goal of man), then there would be chaos in this world; for what is pleasant for one causes pain in another; and someone's pleasure is always bought at the expense of another's.

Krishna, therefore, deliberately turns man's vision away from pleasure-seeking desire. Pleasure and pain will still seek us out, on account of past karma, but if we refrain from desiring pleasure and hating pain, karma will work itself out and we shall be liberated.

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