Chapter X: 24-27
And, among the household priests, Oh Arjuna,
know me to be the chief, Brihaspati.
Among the generals of the army, I am Skanda.
Among reservoirs of water, I am the ocean.
Among the great sages I am Bhrigu. Among words I am the monosyllable Om. Among sacrifices I am the sacrifice known as japa (silent repetition of a mantra). Among the immovables I am the Himalayas.
Among the trees I am the peepul. Among the divine sages I am Narada. Among gandharvas, Chitraratha. Among the perfected, I am sage Kapila.
Know me as uchchaihshravas born of nectar among horses. Among lordly elephants I am Airavata. Among men, I am the king.
CommentaryGod's manifestations are not confined to the human kingdom. A careful study will reveal the astonishing truth that the Lord describes himself as the best among all animate, inanimate and insentient objects, and it is a blunder to limit God to human beings alone! There are infinite varieties of plants, animals and minerals. This merely shows that God is infinite. The essence is one and infinite, the manifestation is diverse and infinite. Infinity plus one equals infinity plus infinity. In all these diverse phenomena the truth is only one, yet has no specific form but is not condemned to formlessness.
God's own grace is guiding the research of modern scientists to the discovery that even minerals are alive, "vibrating" masses of energy. When we come to regard the entire universe as the body of God, we can easily understand that the mineral kingdom is to him what the hairs and nails are to us.
The yajna for this age is mantra repetition. However, we neglect this simple but highly efficacious mode of adoring God, and cling to outmoded and anti-social forms of sacrifice (like animal sacrifice). The yajna of japa is a continuous pouring of the oblation of the mantra into the "inner fire" of godlove.
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