Chapter XVIII: 78
|Wherever there is Krishna, the lord of yoga, wherever there is Arjuna, the archer, there are prosperity, victory, happiness and firm policy; such is my conviction.|
This was a glimpse
of the gospel of lord Krishna – simple, direct, yet profound.
It is not one of pessimism or of escapism, but is full of robust
common sense. And if it
sometimes seems to be puzzling, it is because common sense is so uncommon
in the complex world of today.
You may be quite
certain that one direction is east and the opposite west.
But if you move a little, you suddenly discover that east and west
meet in you! You are the
divider, and from another point of view, you are the meeting point.
In fact, it is the mind that creates all this duality which
multiplies into endless diversity, creating conflicts and confusion all the
There is only
oneness or cosmic unity. There
just cannot be two infinities or two omnipresences.
The origin of the perception of diversity is enshrouded in mystery (maya).
But Krishna boldly assumes responsibility for even that!
“I am seated in the hearts of all; from me are memory, knowledge, as
well as their absence,” says he.
universe is the body of God and the supreme spirit is the indweller.
Even this distinction was made to suit human analogy and to satisfy
the duality-ridden intellect. We
make an arbitrary distinction between our body and our spirit, which seems
to be justified because at one stage (death) the spirit leaves the body.
This, obviously, does not apply to the Lord and his body, for he is
eternal and infinite, and does not leave his body.
What a sublime
vision! What a world-uniting
doctrine! What a fountain of
love! What a soft blow to
shatter all distinctions and differences!
What a divine cord of love to unite all mankind in oneness –
Om Tat Sat
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