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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Wed Jun 24 1998 - 10:50:04 PDT
Arjuna: "Oh Hrishikesa! Is this your opinion? (Please note that Arjuna is aware at this point that Sri Krishna is Sriman Naaraayana. By asking if this is His opinion, he means whether this is how Sri Krishna expects the world to interpret His words and abide by it.) What is the result of performance of actions with the mentality stated above?" Sri Krishna: "Arjuna! This is the hidden essence of all the Upanishads. Those who have an understanding of My intentions and faith in My words and act accordingly; those who are unable to act according to My instructions, but have faith in My words; those who do not have faith in My words, but do not have jealousy (towards Me and manifested as hatred towards My devotees or My temples and deities), all these people are freed from reactions to all Karmas. Those who do not perform their scriptural rites along with Saatvika tyaaga, those who do not have faith and those who are jealous, they are FOOLS in every respect." Arjuna: "Kanna! Is it impossible to perform Jnaana Yoga with ease?" Sri Krishna: Paartha! It is not possible to perform Jnaana Yoga with ease. Impressions left behind from old karmas which now bear fruit drag even the person who has obtained a direct perception of the soul, back into (sinful) activities associated solely with material nature. Such activities force the practitioner to abandon Jnaana Yoga. The human body is designed for the practice of Karma Yoga. Even if you do not have a taste for the performance of Karma Yoga, it is much better to grit your teeth and do what you are most suited to do. Jnaana Yoga is virtually impossible for a person in a materially body to successfully practice. The practice of Karma Yoga is far superior than the practice of the more glamorous Jnaana Yoga." Arjuna: "Oh Shining beacon of the Vrishni Clan! What is this tidal wave that washes away the mind of an individual serene due to the practice of Jnaana Yoga, and literally forces him back into sinful life as if he has no choice? What causes it?" Sri Krishna: "Arjuna! Rajo Guna causes a revival of ancient Karmic impressions. This results in the generation of lust and excessive eating. Lust here is the desire to possess and use other living entities and non living substances in accordance with one's whims and fancies. This lust changes into anger when the individual possessed by this lust meets with resistance in his attempt to achieve his objective. This leads him to commit more sin. Thus Rajo Guna becomes the dominant mode (guna) in that individual's life. As Jnaana Yoga can be practiced only when Sattva Guna dominates, Rajo Guna becomes a major obstacle in the practice of Jnaana Yoga." Arjuna: "Kanna! Please explain how lust creates obstacles?" Sri Krishna: "Oh Kaunteya! Just as fire is covered by smoke, mirror by dust, the fetus by the womb, in the same way all living beings in the Leela vibhuti or the material world from Brahma downwards are covered by lust. In other words, living beings which are of the nature of knowledge, do not understand this nature of the soul, as this knowledge is covered by lust." Arjuna: "Krishna! What tools does this lust use to suppress the soul?" Sri Krishna: "Oh Paandava! Lust uses the senses, mind and intelligence which are connected with material to cover knowledge, and mesmerize the soul in a million different ways. That is, lust prevents a person from seeking to understand the soul, and forces that individual to covet objects of the senses. Since the senses, mind and intelligence are the three minions of lust, controlling the senses will become the means to win over lust. "Arjuna! Let Me tell you the greatest obstacle to knowledge. The senses are said to be the greatest obstacles to knowledge. The mind is superior to the senses. The intelligence is superior even to the mind. Understand that lust is more powerful than intelligence. Use the power of the soul (aatma Sakti) to overpower lust." Thus ends the 3rd chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Geeta. adiyen wishes to acknowledge the help provided by Sri Anbil Ramaswamy in understanding some of the more difficult portions of the text. Even this simplified version itself required a lot of study and queries answered from those with superior knowledge, before adiyen could understand what was written. adiyen would like some feedback from those less familiar with this scripture as to how they view this presentation. If you enjoyed the above post please support Sri Ranganatha Temple which made this possible. Send your tax deductible check to Sri Ranganatha Temple. 117 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack, NY 10994. or visit http://dileepan.busi.utc.edu/ahboard.html for monthly direct debits from your bank account. adiyen apologizes for the fact that the above address could not be reached during some of adiyen's previous postings. The error has been fixed and the forms can be downloaded now. adiyen jaganath.