Gita Daily Readings

May 27th
Chapter Six: 46-47
The yogi is thought to be superior to the ascetics and even superior to men of (theoretical) knowledge; he is also superior to men of (mere selfish) action, therefore be thou a yogi, Oh Arjuna.

And, among all the yogis, he who, full of faith and with his inner self merged in me, worships me, is deemed by me to be the most devout.

Commentary

Here the expression "yogi" should be taken to mean one who practices the yoga described in the previous verses - he who has harmonized himself with the indwelling omnipresence and he who, therefore, is freed from all self-centered attachments and aversions, selfishness and egoism.

Asceticism and erudition often lead us only farther from God, by adding the reinforcement of vanity to the naturally impenetrable wall of ignorance. The aim of yoga is to break down the little ego, in order that the cosmic "I" (which is non-different from "he" and "you") may be revealed. Mere asceticism, erudition or even service only fattens the little ego and thus blocks even the struggle for its eradication.

For the eventual transcendence of the ego, several paths have been laid down by our ancient masters. In all of them there is lurking danger ever present: if the sense of direction is lost, if the means are mistaken for the end, or if the landmarks usurp the glory of destination, great may be the fall. That is what is known as the goalless wandering in the jungle of dogma.

Krishna presents a revolutionary concept of yoga here; and it is a wonderful aid to meditation, too. Instead of trying to fill the finite heart with the infinite Lord, the devotee is asked to offer himself into the heart of God! This attitude can be adopted in meditation too. Start with the visualization of God in the heart, let him expand and take over, your body, the room, and the whole world. Merge yourself in him. If the meditation is not imagination but realization, humility arises and the seeker is swallowed up in the seeking . The ego dissolves and the "king of the universe" is seen (see-king).

OM TAT SAT

iti srimad bhagavad gltasupanisatsu brahma vidyayam
yogasastre srl krsnarjuna samvade
atma samyama yogo nama sastho ' dhyayah
Thus in the upanisad of the glorious Bhagavad Gita,
the science of the eternal, the scripture of yoga,
the dialogue between sri Krsna and Arjuna,
ends the sixth discourse entitled:

THE YOGA OF MEDITATION

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