Srimad Bhagavad-Gita : a part epic Mahabharatham .
Spread in 18 chapters and 700 slokams and situated in Bhishma-Parvam of Mahabhagavatham, chapters 25 to 42.
The whole Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna on various subjects, clearing all doubts.
We are all Arjunas and Lord is here as our Guru,
We must study this "Tattva-Sastram"and follow in our daily life.
We must realise Lord within us and not in temples only.
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Gita : Ch-4. Slo-4.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :
Chapter-4. ( Jnana-karma-sanyasa-yogam )
Slokam-4. ( Arjuna asked : Your birth is recent, whereas, Surya's birth is previous ( long ago ), therefore, you instructing ancient times, how am I to understand this? )
Arjuna uvaca :
Aparam bhavato janma param janma vivasvatah,
Kathametadvijaniyam tvamadau proktavaniti.
arjuna uvaca = arjuna asked ( Lord Krishna ):
bhavatah janma aparam = your birth is recent;
vivasvatah janma param = whereas Surya's birth is previous/ancient /old/ long ago;
tvam adau etat = (therefore) you in the beginning this;
proktavan iti = your instructing Lord Surya long ago !;
katham vijaniyam = how am I to understand this point?
This question is asked in relation to Lord Krishna's earlier declaration in chapter-3. slokam-30." mayi sarvani karmani" meaning to offer all activities to Him.
The purpose of inquiry from men of wisdom as given in the Agni Purana has a dual purpose. First is reconfirmation of the knowledge of eternal principles that they already possess. Second is that their explanations offer additional clarification. In this same way these questions asked to Lord Krishna should be understood in this manner. One should be aware that Arjuna was not a novice bereft of Vedic knowledge, he had been to the heavenly planets and had received instuctions from his father Indra the chief of the celestials. He also had never broken his vows and was never defeated in battle. So he was not an ordinary being and was somewhat cognizant of Lord Krishna supreme position.
Considering the possibility of Visvavan being instructed 120 million years previously by the same Lord Krishna as He is standing before him, Arjuna asks the Lord to explain just how it was that He taught this eternal yoga or the science of the individual consciousness attaining communion with the ultimate consciousness to Visvavan, the demigod of the sun.
Although Arjuna had experienced many wonderful and divine lila's or pastimes with Lord Krishna still he could understand that it would be difficult for others to fathom the reality of His teaching the demigod of the sun Visvavan 120 million years previous. So Arjuna posed this question for Lord Krishna who is isvara or the Ultimate Controller and Supreme Ruler of all creation, time and action. He alone is the ultimate reality and highest destination who incarnated in the family of Vasudeva in order to remove the speculations of those whose minds were made impure by tendency to sinful activities as well as to eradicate the demoniac elements present who were polluting the Earth. The question was asked so Lord Krishna could confirm the truth Himself regarding His transcendental appearance and supra- mundane phenomenal exploits that the miscreants and non-believers refuse to except as being possible for the Supreme Lord. By answering this question all doubts would be cleared up about Lord Krishna's supreme position.
The sun-god Visvavan had duly received the Bhagavad-Gita from Lord Krishna 120 million years previously; yet he was Arjuna's contemporary; so an explanation of this anomalous anachronism is being requested. One may question what is the purpose to ask this from one who is aware of Lord Krishna's supreme position for it is known that even saintly and noble souls remember events from previous incarnations. Also before when the Pandava king Yudhisthira performed the Rajasuya ceremony the grandsire Bhishma was heard to say that Lord Krishna alone is the origin of all created beings and the beginning and the ending of all movable and immovable beings. So the reason Arjuna asked such a question was to get clarification presented in an exposition on the meaning of avatars or Lord Krishna's authorised incarnations in the Vedic scriptures and answer these questions. 1) Are avatars real or illusory? 2) Under what circumstances do avatars manifest? 3) What is the nature of the body the avatar assumes? 4) Are all the avatars expanding from Lord Krishna? 5) Are all the avatars omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent? 6) Are all avatars transcendental to the cycle of birth and death? 7) Are all avatars able to fulfill all desires? 8) What is the time schedule which avatars manifest themselves?
This was the purpose of this question so Lord Krishna would give an expose on these topics.
Slokam-13. ( I shall now explain the knowable, knowing which you will taste the eternal. This is beginningless, and it is subordinate to Me. It is called Brahmam, the spirit, and it lies beyond the cause and effect of this material world.)
jneyam yat tat pravakshyami yatjnatvamrtamasnute,
anadimat param brahma na sat tannasaducyate.
jneyam yat = (which ) the one which is to be known ( knowledge ); yat jnatva = ( if ) that one is known ( knowing that knowledge ); amrtam asnute = results in gaining amrtatvm; tat pravakshyami = that I will tell ( teach ) you; anadimat param brahma = that is the beginningless Para-brahmam ( the Supreme abode ) ; tat sat na asat na = that either sat ( cause ) or asat ( effect ); ucyate = cannot be said ( called ).
The use of the term innermost self to refer to the brahman does not create any contradiction bec…
(Very important slokam-s, Here Lord narrates the details of meditation)
Chapter-5. ( Karma-sanyasa-yogam )
Slokam-27 & 28. ( Shutting out all external sense objects, keeping the eyes and vision concentrated between the two eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils—thus controlling the mind, senses and intelligence, the tranecendentalist becomes free from desire, fear and anger. One who is always in this state is certainly liberated.)