THE BHAGAVAD GITA
THE SIVANANDA TRANSLATION WITH COMMENTARY BY SWAMI VENKATESANANDA
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
The great Indologist, Dr. Heinrich Zimmer, pays an eloquent tribute to the Bhagavad Gita: "The Bhagavad Gita has become the most popular, widely memorized, authoritative statement of the basic guiding principles of Indian religious life" and says, "It was in the great paradoxes of the epoch-making Bhagavad Gita that the non-Brahmanical, pre-Aryan thought of aboriginal India became fruitfully combined and harmonized with the Vedic ideas of the Aryan invaders. In the eighteen brief chapters was displayed a kaleidoscopic inter-working of the two traditions that for some ten centuries had been contending for the control and mastery of the Indian mind." Krishna's genius was synthesis. The one continuous basic note in the whole scripture is the bold declaration of the truth that this synthesis is the inevitable consequence of the realization that the reality (God) alone exists, and even the apparent diversity and distinctions have to be resolved in him.
Even in the practice of yoga, though each may choose that path to which his temperament qualifies him, Krishna asks us to synthesize the different approaches into one sadhana. Devotion, service, meditative communion and intuitive realization - are all necessary for each one of us. We should love God alone at all times but that does not mean we love God and hate all. We learn to love God in all. In order not to cheat ourselves, we should remember that all of us love one another because of his omnipresence - God-love - and ensure that there is no personal attachment.
Place God in yourself. Feel he is in every part of you. He fills you now. Place yourself in God; feel you are part of him. God is all around you now - in all, as all. Now he is all in all - omnipresent. You do not confine him to yourself. And, you do not push him out either! Wisdom and synthesis at every turn. By a series of paradoxes Krishna leads us to his lotus-feet.
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