Gita Daily Readings

1st October
Chapter XIV: 1-2
The blessed Lord said: I will again declare to thee that supreme knowledge, the best of all knowledge, having known which all the sages have gone to the supreme perfection after this life.

They who, having taken refuge in this knowledge, have attained to unity with me, are neither born at the time of creation nor are they disturbed at the time of dissolution.

Commentary

Once again we are being prepared for a big surprise.

The Gita is a blazing spiritual fire. It helps us light the torch of wisdom in our own heart. A lamp cannot be lighted except from another flame, yet, if the lamp to be lighted is not brought into heart-to-heart contact with the flame it is not lighted, however glorious and fierce the flame may be. Not proximity, but only intimate contact between the lamp and the flame can ensure lighting. That is what the words “upasana” (usually translated into “worship”) and “upanishad” (unfortunately thought of as the words of a book) mean; and that is the vital factor in guru-disciple relationship.

When you look at someone whom you love, the ignition of the torch of inner wisdom, shaktipata, happens instantly. That look is shaktipata - a non-verbal communication even though it may be accompanied by some verbal utterance. Ramana Maharshi says very beautifully: “When you learn to silence your mind and think with your heart, you can be a recipient of this shaktipata.” In the realm of transcendental wisdom, the intellect can only act as the bridesmaid. The heart is the bride.

When devotion makes a direct approach to divinity, intellect follows and understands. Reality is not opposed to reason, but transcends it. Divinity is not subject to reason and logic (which are the playground of intellect born of ignorance), yet when the heart obtains a glimpse of it, the intellect is able to provide the rationale.

Krishna, therefore, announces dramatically that he is about to reveal a great truth which will free us from birth and death.