The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s exhale

The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s exhale

“When one rises in awareness, one perceives that every atom, every particle is pervaded by Bhagavan in His formless state. However all this drama of countless universes, countless worlds, which are appearing and disappearing, are in His cosmic Form, in His ‘saguna’ Form: beyond that there is nothing else. And when one reaches that state of Realisation, and perceives that He is the One who gives the power to the atom, one will see that divine reality; and that’s God Consciousness. The one who wants to see only the atom, will perceive only the atom, and not the power which is behind the atom, giving it the energy to act and manifest.”
– Bhagavad Gita Essentials, Swami Parmahamsa Vishwananda
Today, Shukla Ekadashi, is Gita Jayanti, the day that the Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Krishna during the Mahabharata war.
For Krishna, the Gita was his exhalation, the way he lived, his way of being, the leelas with the gopis, was his inhalation. For those who melted in his love effortlessly, there was no need to give any explanations. Life was a joyous dance. The gopis were already the incarnations of sages who only came to participate in Krishna’s leela.
With those like Arjuna, there came an insistence on separation, with discernment clouded by ignorance and so Krishna had to speak about the nature of life, the universe, the soul, the modes of nature, etc etc And even that was not delivered as a teaching or instructions. But as a song (Gita)- of the Heart.
The great spiritual texts are written in a way that the first verse usually tells you everything you need to know and if that is not understood, further words are spoken. Krishna’s life also plays in that way – in his initial years with the gopis, the silent language of love was enough. Later in his life, he was compelled to talk and explain.
Such is also the way of life itself: from innocence to ignorance to realisation or awakening.
Even when the atma reveals itself, that’s not everything. You have to attain the supreme bliss. You have to attain the supreme peace. You have to attain God Realisation. God Realisation here means when the Divine reveals Himself. When you realise youself, you have paved the way towards the divine qualities. This is where all the divine qualities start reflecting through you. You become calm, you become radiant, you become very peaceful, you become non-judgmental. Only then can you do service to society. Only then can you go around and serve freely. The right hand gives and the left hand doesn’t know about it. You become automatically a great aid for this world. Divine virtue starts flowing through you and the way you perceive the world changes.”
– Bhagavad Gita Essentials, Swami Parmahamsa Vishwananda


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