Chapter Four: 9
|He who thus knows my divine birth and action in true light, having abandoned the body, is not born again. He comes to me, Oh Arjuna.|
At this stage it is necessary to remind ourselves that the first person singular used in this scripture does not refer to the personality "Krishna," but to the godhead revealing itself through him. The speaker could well have been Krishna, Christ, Buddha or Allah. The meaning and the significance will not suffer in the least.
It is in this light that we should take the declaration of lord Jesus that he is "the light, the truth and the way and that no-one goes to the Father but through me." We can realize the unmanifest godhead only through the manifest divinity.
There is, however, no harm in the followers of Krishna regarding him as their only way, and the followers of Christ adhering to his feet with equal zeal. What is harmful, however, is running others down, which is a waste of time anyway. It is absurd, too, to say: "Only my mother is a woman capable of giving birth to human children, yours cannot be." We all have only one mother, but motherhood is not restricted to that woman - it is common to all women.
The manifest divinity is more easily accessible to the embodied being than the unmanifest transcendental being. In fact, that is the very purpose of manifestation or avatara: God symbolically descending to our level in order to accept, redeem and uplift us. When we learn not to cavil at these avataras but to accept, adore and worship them, knowing their true divine nature, we shall have attained enlightenment and liberation.
It is equally important to remember that "knowing their true nature" implies recognition of the essential divine nature of oneself and the urgent need to shake off the dust that covers it. Such recognition is an avatara, too!
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