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Swami venkatesananda Daily Bhagavad Gita readings 25 April

Venkatesananda Daily Reading - 25 April

Bhagavad Gita

Realization

v:16 - jnaanena tu tad ajnaanam yeshaam naashitam aatmanah teshaam aadityavaj jnaanam prakaashayati tat param
v:17 - tadbuddhayas tadaatmaanas tannishthaas tatparaayanaah gacchanty apunaraavrittim jnaana nirdhoota kalmashaah
v:16 - when, however, one is enlightened with the knowledge by which nescience is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime.
v:17 - their intellect absorbed in that, their self being that; established in that, with that as their supreme goal, they go whence there is no return, their sins dispelled by knowledge.
when one wakes up, his dream with all the dream-objects - pleasant and unpleasant, with all the dream-experiences - happiness and misery, with all the dream-actions - good and bad, with all the dream-creations - heaven and hell.
the dream-personality - bound to a delusion - vanishes.
man immediately realizes that he is a cell in the body of god, that his self is the self of all.
he realizes that, by virtue of his oneness with the all, he is the all.

not the deluded and ignorant 'i', but god's nature prevails here, and functions in him, as it functions in the entire universe.
this, however, is not mental activity.
nor is it intellectual assent, nor a pious belief.
it is realization.
one who has it, need not intellectualise it, or verbalise it.

the yogi who has this knowledge enters the state of sleepless sleep.
in sleep, too, our entire physical organism functions, in obedience to god's nature.
we are at peace, and we commit no sin.
the man who lets god's nature or will prevail, even during the waking hours, is at peace, and commits no sin.
he lives in the constant awareness that brahman alone is true, that the 'world' as such is false perception, and that the individual soul is, in essence, one with brahman.
his self realizes its identity with the supreme self.

it is not a question of faith or belief.
it is a firm conviction, an unshakable one - like the conviction 'i am a human being' needing no proof.
this conviction, permeating every thought, word and deed, itself is his goal.
with ignorance, egoism and self-limitation gone, he is not subjected to limitation - birth - any more.
one who has realization, need not intellectualise it, or verbalise it.
realization is not a question of faith or belief.
it is a firm conviction, an unshakable one - like the conviction 'i am a human being' needing no proof.

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