Gita : Ch-13. Slo-1. Discussion-8.



Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :

   Chapter-13. ( Kshetra-kshetrajna-vibhaga-yogam )

   Slokam-1. ( Arjuna  question  to  Lord  Sri  Krishna ) -

     (Arjuna said: O Lord, I wish to know about prakrti [nature], Purusha [the experiencer], and the field and the knower of the field, and of knowledge and the end of knowledge. )

    arjuna uvaca,
   prakrtim  purusham  caiva  kshetram   kshetragjnameva  ca,
   etadveditumicchami   jnanam   jneyam  ca  kesava.
   arjuna  uvaca  =  Arjuna  said;
   kesava!  =  O  Lord;
   prakrtim  purusham  ca  eva  =  nature,  and  the  experiencer;
   kshetram  kshetragjnam  ca  eva  =  kshetram  (body),  and  kshetragjnan  ( jivatma );
    jnanam   jneyam  ca  etat  =  jnanam ( knowledge ),  jneyam ( object  of  the  knowledge,  all  about  these;
   veditum  icchami  =  I  wish  to  know.

    Discussion -8.

Now in the final division of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita known as the Jnana Yoga section comprising the last six chapters, the topics propounded in the first 12 chapters will be further illuminated by Lord Krishna.

Two categories will be examined: prakriti or the spiritual substratum pervading physical existence and Purusha or the Supreme eternal consciousness. Their combined union constitutes the complete cosmic creation.

The nature of Isvara or the Supreme Lord, the means of salvation, the paths of karma or spiritual activities for the Supreme Lord, jnana or spiritual knowledge of the Supreme Lord and bhakti or loving devotion to the Supreme Lord will be further delineated along with instructions on how to practice and perform each path.

Beginning this Jnana Yoga section, this chapter explains the nature of matter and the soul, the way to realise the soul as distinctly different from matter, the reason why the atma is associated with matter and the way the atma may be meditated upon.

To be continued .....



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