Gita Daily Readings

22 July
Chapter X: 12-15
Arjuna said: Thou art the supreme Brahman, the supreme abode, the supreme purifier, eternal, divine person, the primeval God, the unborn and omnipresent.

All the sages have thus declared thee, as also the divine sage Narada; so also Asita, Devala and Vyasa; and now thou thyself sayest so to me.

I believe all this that thou sayest to me as true, Oh Krishna, verily, Oh blessed Lord! Neither the gods nor the demons know thy manifestation.

Verily, thou thyself knowest thyself by thyself, Oh supreme person, Oh source and lord of beings, Oh God of gods, Oh ruler of the world!

Commentary

Hymns are as old as time, and hymn singing is a method adopted by the devout seeker (a) to side-track the doubting intellect, with its insatiable "appetite" to destroy knowledge aimlessly, and (b) to appeal directly to the light of God within to reveal itself. In the east, the Sama-chanters particularly, resorted to singing the glories of God in his various aspects, invoking his blessings and grace in various ways and for different purposes. In the west, the psalmist did the same. (Incidentally, note the phonetic similarity between psalm and Sama - which refer to the same thing - and which were later extended to "charm" in white and black magic.) This ancient method has been recaptured by the highly advanced scientist of today and reintroduced into society in the form of "suggestion" which the psychologist defines as "the inducing, or the attempt to induce an idea, belief, decision, action, etc., by one individual in another through stimulation, whether verbal or otherwise, but exclusive of argument." Even as hypnosis can be self-applied, suggestion, too, can become auto-suggestion; but it should again be "exclusive of argument."

It has, however, been the experience of all mystics that such acceptance was eventually rewarded by direct experience of the reality which the hymn "suggested."

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