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Venkatesananda Daily Readings

Bhagavad Gita

23 April

v:12 - yuktah karmaphalam tyaktwaa shaantim aapnoti naishthikeem ayuktah kaamakaarena phale sakto nibadhyate
v:13 - sarvakarmaani manasaa sannyasyaa ste sukham vashee navadwaare pure dehee nai va kurvan na kaarayan
v:12 - the steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to me; whereas a person who is not in union with the divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.
v:13 mentally renouncing all actions and self-controlled, the embodied one rests peaceful in the nine-gated city, neither acting nor causing others to act.
whether the doer of all actions is god himself, or whether it is his nature - prakriti.
the doer is certainly not the individual ego.
the individual ego rises and falls with every action or experience.
the real ego is part of god's nature.
the whole universe is the body of god in which his will prevails, guided by his consciousness.

in this context, renunciation of desire for 'fruits of actions' is the most natural and sensible thing to do.
even the most vital organ in our body - the heart, which functions day and night, does not demand a reward.
yet we, who are little parts of a cell of the body of god, do nothing unless assured of a reward.

this desire is bondage.
its renunciation is liberation.
when this is clearly seen, the desire does not arise at all.
even as every cell of our body receives its nourishment and life-force as long as it does its job, even so we shall receive from god what we deserve.
why beg for it?

krisna asks us to atomise ourselves and regard our self as the citizen of this nine-gated city - the body.
the body has its own king - god - and its own administration - god's nature or prakriti.
the citizen enjoys peace, prosperity and security by merely living in obedience to the law.
it is useless on his part to suffer the king's headaches.

the same analogy can be applied to us who are cells in god's cosmic body.
he is the doer.
or perhaps he causes his nature to do.
but we neither do anything, nor do we cause anything else to do.
it is the motor which rotates the many wheels, not the other way round.
god is the cosmic motor.

24 April

v:14 - na kartritwam na karmaani lokasya srijati prabhuh na karmaphala samyogam swabhaavas tu pravartate
v:15 - naadatte kasyachit paapam na chai va sukritam vibhuh ajnaanenaa vritam jnaanam tena muhyanti jantavah
v:14 - the embodied spirit, master of the city of his body, does not create activities, nor does he induce people to act, nor does he create the fruits of action. all this is enacted by the modes of material nature.
v:15 - the lord accepts neither the demerit nor even the merit of any; knowledge is enveloped by ignorance, thereby beings are deluded.
there is plenty of work to do in the lord's good world - but it is his world, his body.
his life, power, nature or shakti is the motive force.
his consciousness or intelligence is the guiding force.
his own body, the universe, is the field.
the innumerable microcosmic beings are cells in that body, joyously and purposefully participating in his work, sharing his life, power and nature, and united with his consciousness or intelligence.
the individualised fraction is not the whole.
it is non-different from the whole.
when it realizes its true nature as such, it is indivisibly one with the whole.

egoism is a mysterious deluding power.
individuation is inherent in the infinite as a potentiality all the time.
creation is the actualisation of this potentiality.
like the unperceivable dot on the circumference of a circle, like the raindrop which has not isolated itself from the rain bearing cloud, it should be - and is - ever one with the infinite - though misunderstood to be only part of it.
how this assumes independence of the infinite is a mystery.
is it ever independent of the infinite, in truth?

but, thank god, such division is a product of ignorance.
when this ignorance is removed, it will vanish.
even the law of cause and effect is based on this ignorant and egoistic idea of agency.
in god, in his eyes, there is neither cause nor effect, neither merit nor demerit, neither heaven nor hell, neither bondage nor liberation.
none of these affects him.
none of these helps him in us to reveal himself.
all of them function in the darkness of our soul-slumber.
they will vanish when we wake up.
how does one wake up?
wake up!

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