Article by: BK. T. D. Joseph, Bangalore, India tdjaum(AT)gmail.com – If you have questions or remarks about this article, please contact the author.
Suppose you heard a great joke attributed to somebody. Prima facie, you know that this particular joke was cracked originally in some joyous occasion, but never in a funeral house! Because jokes are designed to make people laugh, not to make them mourn as happens in a funeral house. Similarly, if you really know the essence of Bhagavat Gita, you will immediately come to know whether it was delivered, as conventionally believed, in a physical battle-ground, or in some other time by somebody other than Krishna.
The Essence of Gita
MOVE FROM THE EPHEMERAL TO THE ETERNAL is the thread that runs throughoutThe Gita, as detailed below:
• “Be firmly attached to the Supreme Soul alone,” (2:48, 72; 8:7; 12:6, 7; 10:15; 14:4; 18:62) abandoning all attachment to the results and the temporary security, such as body, objects and relatives. (2:71; 9:33; 18:66)
• Treat “alike” all pairs of opposites such as “heat and cold,” “friend and foe,” “honor and dishonor” which comprehend the entire possibility of experiences in life—physical, mental and intellectual respectively.—Gita 2:14, 38, 45; 12:17-19; 14:24, 25; 18:54.
And this is called Sanatana Dharma or ETERNAL DUTY.—12:20; 14:27
A message of this sort makes no sense in a literal war-field as the listener is ordered to treat “friend and foe alike,” hence would not have been delivered as a prelude to a great war between two conflicted armies. Besides, participants of the so-called war were also not literal. For example, names of the key persons, such as 100 sons of Drutarashtra start with Du which means evil—Duryodhana (one who uses money for evil purposes), Dussasana (one who breathes out evil commands) … etc. No parents would name their children this way from birth before their character unfolds. The weapons purportedly used in Mahabharata War are also prophetic in nature, which would exist only in our period. So is the case with the number of soldiers killed in the war, which is so great a number that can also happen only in our time. [The place where the war was supposed to have taken place, Kurukshetra, is a small village in India which could not have accommodated even a fraction of that army.] Thus, the prophetic nature of Mahabharata (of which Gita is claimed to be a part) picturises a future global situation, climax of the Iron Age, which is actually the time we are now living in, where weapons of mass destruction are a reality and the evils such as “lust, anger and greed” are the actual rulers of the present world system of things.
Who authored Gita?
In its chapter 3, verse 3 says: “O sinless one, at the onset of creation, a two-fold path of spiritual discipline was given by ME to this world: the path of Self-knowledge (Gyan Yoga) for the contemplative, and the path of unselfish work (Karma Yoga) for the active.” Then verse 24 says it is He who sustains the three worlds. Thus these verses clearly identify the author of Gita as the same as the Author of the universe, who is also called “Supreme Ruler of the Universe” and “the Father, the Well-Wisher and the Friend of all beings,” from which SHIVA, the most appropriate personal name of God derives. (Gita 5:29; 9:17; 10:1). [This may remind one of JEHOVA, which also has those two phonetic parts, ‘SHI’ & ‘VA’, meaning Redeemer] He is also called “the origin and the dissolution,” (Gita 9:18) which are the basis of the symbol of Siva Lingam (Lin, Sanskrit, equivalent of laya which means dissolution; gam, from agamaman, which means arrival / comimg). Thus Siva Lingam is a pointer, which stands for that entity which destroys [the heaven-turned hell, now existing on earth] and re-creates [the hell into heaven on earth] that happens at the end of every Kalpa (cycle of 5000 years).—Compare Gita 9:7; 8:17; 4:1-8)
Now who is the actual recipient of the message?
If major elements are all symbolic, then the recipient also should be symbolic. Though various forms of addressing are used, one particular addressing, “O sinless one,” used in Gita 3:3 suggests that Gita message will be actually conveyed, in detail and in absolute clarity, to a group of people whose hallmark will be purity, who will appear on the world scene toward the end of the Iron Age. God Himself identifies them as those “who are rejoiced to hear ME,” those “who know ME as the Supreme Lord of the universe, and are undeluded and free from ALL SINS,” “who are worshipping ME with loving ecstasy [or intoxication],” ‘whose minds remain absorbed in ME and whose lives surrendered unto ME and who always enlighten each other by talking about ME and remain ever content and delighted.’ (Gita 10:1, 3, 8, 9). In other words, God is the ultimate Doer of Good, and so are his children who “do good to all beings,” taking delight in doing so.” (Gita 5:25; 12:4) Those who associate with Brahmakumaris can testify that this description perfectly fits with them.
Why is it called “eternal duty”?
The above-mentioned subject matter (sermon) of Gita is called “eternal duty,” because it is reinforced at the end of each Kalpa (cycle of 5000 years). This is in fulfillment of God’s own promise that He would reincarnate at the end of each Kalpa when there is a sharp decline of righteousness and religiousness on a global scale, which we are experiencing now. (Gita 4:7; 11:18) This means God, the Supreme Father of all souls, has already arrived in our time, has been repeating the Gita, and reestablished Adi Sanatan Devi- Devata Dharm (the Original Eternal Deity Religion), which gets continued in Satyug (Golden Age) and Tretayug (Silver Age) in the next Kalpa / Time Cycle.
Those who associate with Brahma Kumaris experience first-hand the exposition of the essence of Gita through their daily morning class called Murli. By their adherence to this, they naturally become pure, the white-clad Pandavas in a spiritual sense, who fight against vices [the real enemy of man, according to Gita 3:34, 37; 16:21] of Maya as to remain “firmly attached to Supreme Father,” thus to enter into the Golden Age that is already on the horizon!
The Mahabharat story is being played now in this Iron Age (Kaliyug). Let us listen to the divine versions of God delivered at this time, and imbibe them so that we can take part in ushering in the Golden age (Satyug) where all the people would be healthy, wealthy and wise.
Some of the questions that I am receiving would like to me to give advice based on “Raja Yoga.” Usually those questions are coming from individuals new to “gyan.”
Raja Yoga is a method to gain soul consciousness through a loving connection to the Supreme soul, from our soul (self) realization.
This connection will bring “strength” to deal with issues. “Strength” in the sense that those “issues” will not have the same appeal, the size of the perceived problem will be largely “reduced;” due to experiencing fulfillment and inner peace.
The method of Raja Yoga has the support from a philosophy; known as “gyan” or the “knowledge.”
This knowledge supports the experience of Raja Yoga, but at the same time allows a person to act with wisdom, even though self-realization may have not be fully experienced.
In this way “knowledge” is a map; so our actions are in tune with the knowledge of how “life works,” which is known as the “Drama.” (The plot, the movie, the design, the plan, etc.)
Knowledge without the stage brought up by “Raja Yoga,” will make us “act.” Act “right” if you would, if we apply knowledge properly; nevertheless the emotions and feelings will be there.
I spoke with a Brahmin soul not long ago. She mentioned that she had some karmic accounts with her mother. If her mother didn’t show appreciation for her for any reason; she would feel affected. She mentioned this to a counselor; the reply of the counselor was, that “she was a human being after all and that she shouldn’t show her mother that she was affected.”
That is what I mean by acting. We are taught to show “toughness” when inside of us there is a river of emotions waiting to overflow. That is unhealthy for we are repressing.
The “easy” answer is to be “cured” by yoga, by the experience of deep meditation, then this is the way that we “settle” karmic accounts, for whatever used to affect us before; all of the sudden that does not have any power over us. That is the magic of Raja Yoga.
In that sense, there is no other system that I am aware of, where learning the steps are so easy, but at the same time… so difficult. Here they go:
Just be in soul consciousness, connect with the Supreme, send loving feelings, relax – End of report.
An alternative is to connect with the inner self and to be absorbed by that experience, where thoughts are meaningless and bliss is the “glue” to keep us in it.
For that continuous practice and a “clean” intellect is needed, and that is the reason why Brahmin souls follow a meticulous “code of conduct” consisting of a vegetarian diet, (Sattvic food items of preference) regular meditation and the practice of celibacy as the main components.
In the world meditation is offered to “heal the self,” what is not offered is the knowledge to “clean up the self,” so a spiritual life could be truly experienced.
Thank you for your question! 🙂
I am “coining” my own vocabulary to refer to same recurrent items.
For instance, when i say “Santa Claus explanation,” it refers to the explanation we give to little children so they can do what we would like them to do without giving them the “true facts,” for they may not understand.
Similarly, when I say “PURE GYAN,” I am referring to churning knowledge based on specific pieces of knowledge which are the “columns” of gyan. What are those? The soul, the Supreme Soul, Karma, Drama, repetition, predestination, entropy, 3 worlds, reincarnation, eternity, eternal return, numberwise.
Once we understand all of that and how those concepts are related and interwoven, how the pieces come together to solve the “puzzle of life,” then there is no devotional talk or “Santa Claus” explanation that could fool us. That is how regardless of the popular “Baba says that He creates the Drama” is mentioned, once we understand those concepts which Baba Himself has explained many times with different depth, then there is no way that we could “buy” the Santa “trick.” For that we need depth of understanding and for that, we need to churn gyan without “fear” of not conforming with a dogmatic view. A churning has the support of those “columns” mentioned above to be considered valid, otherwise it is just plain “manmat.”
If you have fear of any kind and your aim is to conform rather than find truth, then you are not churning gyan, you are just “repeating” old lines.
According to the Sakar Murli, the “Christ soul” will take knowledge at some point.
According to the Sakar Murli, “If someone listen to even a little knowledge , he will go to heaven.” (SM 10/9/12)
We know that the Christ soul will be a “new” soul when coming for the first time. Therefore, according to that “reasoning” if we take things literally (danger! danger!); If Christ takes knowledge, Christ should experience “heaven.” See that? 🙂
However, there is the knowledge of the “special roies” of the religious founders including Brahma Baba. Those souls (including Christ) will take knowledge up to what their roles require when founding a religion. That knowledge is needed. That is how we see the differences in religious thoughts around the world. Christians have the knowledge of God and souls and karma, but not about the cycle of time and the Drama. Buddhists know about the cycle of time, karma, meditation, soul; but their understanding of the Supreme Soul is not there. Taoists, have good grasp on the Drama and karma, but not much about God. A religious founder has to take this knowledge at sometime for their knowledge does not appear “out of thin air,” and that is when this knowledge is available. (Now)
None of those religions have the knowledge of the subtle region, for that is a special part that only Brahma Baba has “now” and it is known by Brahmin souls only.
Follow up on this question:
Thank you for your answer. I agree about your explanation regarding time since if we view the world from soul world, we do not need time where everything just exists and does not materialise or dematerialise as in the physical world.
sanyaasis and ascetics say that there is no God, just pure bliss or as you rightly said that since we have only experienced God, he remains that for us’ an experience’.
However, Bapdada has mentioned many times in murlis that there can be no thing without a name and if a name exists then definitely the thing must exist, and He calls himself “Paramatma” or supreme soul as different from Brahma, the vehicle or instrument. He has also alternativley said, My name is Shiva, and people call God by varied names, ie Allah, Jehovah or Ishwar. My question is that when there is such specific evidence [ whether based on religious paradigm or not, or on personal experience], definitely how can God only be an experience? How then would you define God, a being not seen or perceived by the senses, yet who definitely creates or is the cause of an experience?If air is seen then we know it by its properties, same way if God is not seen, how can so many people have a misconception about him, when all humans definitely use the name and it is a part of our language and culture handed down through some universal collective memory?
Please bear with me as i am trying to delve into the nature of God for my own understanding.
Thank you for your follow up. You are raising good points.
The following will be a couple of notches “deeper” than “normal.”
How can God be only an “experience”? 🙂 BapDada has mentioned that “experience is the best authority.” Experience is another name for living. When you experience something, you know something. When you just repeat what someone else said, without an experience; there is only repetition.
“Naming” is fragmenting. You cannot know what it is when naming. Labels merely point out. Many times we think that naming is knowing.
I can say: He is “Dada Lekhraj.” Do I know him? I could even know his birthday and some other facts about his life. Do I know him? Is that knowing?
The answer is NO. Unless you live with him, you will not know him and your experience of living with him, is “just” your experience. Knowing is not a static thing where we can put a magical label such as: “he is sweet.” That may not be the experience of someone else.
“Pure gyan,” clearly explains that roles are within us. What we know is according to that role. “Reality” is just an experience of it. That is why, the only thing that we can know, is the self. That is something which BapDada mentioned yesterday (10/7/12) as the “heart” of this knowledge, “pure gyan.”
God is not a definition. Saying: “God is a point of light, living in our home, Brahman or Parandham or Nirvana, or the soul world” does not add a bit on my experience of God. That stuff just adds information.
Information without experience is useless. It is just for intellectuals. Information with experience is priceless.
God is not the cause of “my” experience. The cause of it is within my perception of God according to my role. Let us say that God is like a bright day. Let us say that I have been living in darkness all of my life.
When I see God for the first time, can I say that God is the cause of my “daylight”? Or perhaps it is just my perception based on something which I have not experienced before due to living in darkness? Let us say that I am used to living in daylight. Would my experience with God be the same? NO. It depends on me. My stage, my perception, the role playing.
Yes, all cultures have a perception of God. That is why gyan mentions that “it is numberwise.”
That perception of God appeared all of the sudden in the Copper age, even though; God did not manifest “himself” to anyone; however, He has done it through “visions.” Those divine experiences were enough for people.
Even though, this knowledge is “easy” as the Murli many times mentions, the majority of people will not be able to understand it. Why? They have a different perception of reality according to their experiences and those experiences are already contained in their roles.
Even take a look at a Sakar Murli and see how many times God is mentioned is a devotional way, as God “doing this and that just for the children.” Can we call that knowing God, according to knowledge? Or perhaps “just” an experience of God?
Let me recommend the following article as well.
Alright… here it goes…very short… 🙂
The link with the Supreme Soul
When remembering the Supreme Soul with love,
That passion manifests itself.
It becomes clear as a picture;
it takes away thoughts fleeting by
the soul is finally experienced
only through the third eye
Depth of feelings color the self with beauty
intensity of vibrations become pure fire
to forget everything else becomes a duty
ego escapes but is caught in ire
That fervency burns the heart
To remain in that love is to immolate the past
newness is born out of those ashes
purification in this love, happens very fast
Cooling the self at the end
is meeting a new-found friend
for love to the Supreme burns
but cools the self in turn