Venkatesananda Daily Readings
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God
iii:27 - prakriteh kriyamaanaani gunaih karmaani sarvashah ahamkaaravimoodhaatmaa kartaa ham iti manyate
iii:28 - tattwavit tu mahaabaaho gunakarma vibhaagayoh gunaa guneshu vartanta iti matwaa na sajjate
iii:29 - prakriter gunasammoodhaah sajjante gunakarmasu taan akritsnavido mandaan kritsnavin na vichaalayet
iii:27 - all actions are wrought by the qualities of nature only. the mind, deluded by egoism, thinks it is the doer.
iii:28 - but he, o arjuna, who knows the truth about the divisions of the qualities and their functions, knowing that the gunas as senses move in the middle of the gunas as the sense-objects, is not attached.
iii:29 - those deluded by the gunas are attached to the functions of the gunes. a man of perfect knowledge should not unsettle the one of imperfect knowledge.
what is nature?
it is god's nature.
in accordance with god's will, the qualities in his nature are constantly active.
we are also part of his nature.
we are all cells, as it were, in the cosmic body of god, but we assume to ourselves an independent personality on account of ignorance.
this individuality is a mystery.
it is truly indivi(sible)-duality.
we are all truly indivisible, one in him.
we are all together the body of god.
to realize this is wisdom.
to forget it is ignorance.
in our own body, for instance, at every moment millions of cells are performing various vital functions.
they work in harmony, in accordance with the dictates of the single unified life-force that commands all of them.
there is, therefore, harmony and health in the whole body.
in the same way, if all of us feel and realize that we are the body of god, and carry out his will, there will be peace and prosperity in this world.
but the foolish ones assume false egoism.
thus they create disharmony and disaster.
expressions like 'good and evil' , 'right and wrong', lose their significance in this light.
but the wise man will not disturb the mind of those who believe in them!
if all of us feel and realize that we are the body of god, and carry out his will, there will be peace and prosperity in this world.