The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita
One of the greatest world teachers brought forth the symbolic story of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, which is set in Ancient India at a time when war greed, corruption, depravity and absolute Evil reigned over all.
The Gita is beyond mysticism – it is actually an unfolding of the philosophic, devotional, contemplative and practical aspects of our Conscious Life that bind us all. It calls to attention our intuitive thinking that does not leave anything out, the All of Life taking every seemingly insignificant aspect into consideration.
It is timeless in its essence as it takes the human being/individual beyond the truth to a transformation; i.e. to make him/her realise that divinity is constantly being transmuted and that mankind must move with the cosmic oscillations and not against them, as had been happening up until that point.
The Bhagavad Gita in the Mahabharata shows that there is ‘infinity’ in every finite being on this plane of life, cutting through the consciousness of The Upanishads (The Vedic Times) that was actually responsible for laying down the ‘bondage’ (of emotions, religious ideals, cultural beliefs and societal/clan duties, idol worship) and evil supremacist energy that ruled over the lands at that time.
The Vedic era simply means an era (approx from 1500 BC- 500 BC) where the orthodoxy and the authority of the scriptures, rituals, idol worships had begun to take root: a time when society was being slowly divided into the class systems according to one’s profession, one’s standing in the community, one’s work etc, which basically was meant to create further separation from each other – thus the Kshatriyas, Brahmins, Vaishyas and The Shudras. A period of turmoil, confusion and debasement of all things divine also came into play with humanity falling deeper into such separation at this point. Simultaneously though, the Vedic period also saw the rise of agriculture in Ancient India when the Indo-Aryans started to migrate from the Western worlds to the Indian sub-continent: as the world came to India for learnings and discussions, also came the expansion of trade with foreign lands and the growth of metal production and other commodities across the continent.
The story of Krishna brought forth the Ageless Wisdom teachings via the Bhagavad Gita so that humanity could resurrect itself out of individuality and desire and come back to Universal Brotherhood.
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The Gita is a message to humanity via Arjuna – who is symbolic – and represents that truth is always revealed to those who come from a point of surrender and humility. Arjuna’s dilemma on the battlefield (facing his family and loved ones and having to go to war with them so that Truth will once again prevail) is humanity’s dilemma in the everyday life and Master Krishna in this symbolic story delivers Absolute truth by showing Arjuna how to cut through the illusion and the shadows that he had boxed himself in with. All of this takes place in the Kurukshetra (the field ‘kshetra’ where the battle between the Kurus and the Pandava brothers takes place, which is known as the Mahabharata –– the mother of all battles). This symbolises the internal battle that mankind has been facing since time immemorial – the internal and eternal conflict between alignment to Fire (symbolic of The Pandavas) or its opposing Evil force – Astral Prana (symbolic of The Kurus). This is in essence the battle within between the Divine Light and the corrupted ill-reflections in the field of Illusionary shadows which is our world –– all of this occurring in the body of God’s Atma which is the true Kshetra.
The Bhagavad Gita thus reflects the eternal and timeless universality in its application to all spheres of life...
It’s also important to understand here that for most The Bhagavad Gita can be a complex affair to understand, and this is mainly because one has to experience the deep eternal unrest, one has to feel the lies that pervade and fool humanity in all its beautifully covered veils, one has to experience the stirrings of the Soul that Arjuna experienced in all his perplexity: then and only then does the Gita illumine the inner-heart of man.
Through the Bhagavad Gita Master who wrote it is actually asking us and showing us the way back to one’s divinity which is intrinsic and always there. The Laws of Renunciation and Action play a huge role in these teachings and thus they also expound the greater Laws of Karma that bind us all in the Wheel of Life and Death.
In this symbolic story Krishna shows Arjuna that although we cannot be completely free from Creation (the ideals and beliefs that bind us to be individuals and not a one-unified Brotherhood) until such time that the majority of humanity has awakened its awareness, we can continually be a student of the Yoga of Renunciation and work towards discarding the appeal, the false lure that creation has over us. This becomes possible through the Yoga of Action where the mind and the body are connected and act as one and in accordance with one’s Soul via conscious presence at all times.
The Bhagavad Gita holds a vital key to unlocking one’s awareness and the main teaching here is to show that The Yoga of Renunciation is nothing but the renunciation of Pranic Energy and ultimately the arrest of Pranic Energy by aligning to Fire.
Arjuna’s inward resilience and strength is deeply illuminated when he gets to understand who Krishna truly is via the Gita and the sermons on the battlefield. His own inner purpose shines forth through this when he totally renounces (his spirit, his doubts, intentions, mental energy) and surrenders to the Divine Plan, thus showing all humanity for the present and the future that this can be done by absolute obedience and alignment to the evolutionary movement that is constantly being presented to us anywhere, anytime.
By the end of The Bhagavad Gita’s sermons, Arjuna has arisen from his dilemma – arisen up and out of the shadows and thus becomes a True Yogi (Universal Man) by the Yoga of Wisdom. Thus through the ageless teachings of the Gita we can come to a level of awareness with which we can face the ongoing challenges of Life itself by being connected to our inner truth at all times. These teachings give us a capacity to harness a deeper understanding of Life around us and a compassionate yet detached view on how we can be in it in our purest essence.
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