THE BHAGAVAD GITA
THE SIVANANDA TRANSLATION WITH COMMENTARY BY SWAMI VENKATESANANDA
THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
The goal is in sight. That is all even the most purified ego can independently (though with the inevitable help of divine grace) achieve. The golden shackle still binds and the golden needle will still prick.
Goodness is good. To live is to turn away from evil (reverse spelling). But that is not enough, for "live" contains in it the seed of all evil (anagram of veil) - i (ego). When that i is replaced by its self-negation o, live becomes love which is God.
This vowel is a constant: 0+0=0; 0-0=0; 0x0=0; 0÷0=0. And, when looked at from any side, this 0 is still a zero. It is beginningless and endless. Only total and complete self-surrender makes the seeker divine, perfect, and eternal (constant). That is the culmination of evolution (just as zero is full, complete and the fulfillment of the point, the arc, the semi-circle and even the "straight" line).
Strangely enough, such surrender is impossible without control - which perhaps implies the exercise of the ego in the right direction. We cannot consciously and deliberately surrender our body, mind and soul to God unless we know what they are! All ethical discipline, all moral codes, all psychophysical yoga practices aim at coming to grips with our personality; not in order to make it more powerful, but to affect the realization that all our moods and actions, whether dull, dynamic or divine, originate in God. With this realization the ego dissolves, humility arises and true surrender follows naturally.
Renounce all, everything, to me, says Krishna. Lip service to surrender will not do. Between conscious self-surrender and unconscious passivity, there is the same difference as there is between super-consciousness and sleep; between offering a fruit to God and, having forgotten its existence, allowing it to rot. When the egoistic self is surrendered, the higher self (God) shines in its own glory. That is our goal, nothing short of it will do. May we reach it, here and now.
Go to The Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) Chapter XVIII, 1999