Proper Understanding of the Bhagavad Gita – Part 96


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Updated on December 15, 2020

In the ancient yoga scriptures, God is considered as a combination of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. All these three are the three aspects of Gods work on Gods nature.

Dear Divine Friends,
Pranams, Humble and Loving Greetings,

No work (no action) no result. Actions (work) are in your hands but results are not. Results are in the hands of God or the Spirit or the InnerSelf. In-actions (work) both internal and external are achieved. This causes the better blood circulation in all the organs both internal and external. This improves health and fitness. Health and fitness, both mental and physical are the basis of all the types of spiritual and material practice.

dharmartha kama mokshyanam shariram moolamuttamam
(For performing duties, material life and spiritual practice, health and fitness is a must)

However, activities are done with a selfish motive and are ego-based for personal gains lead to stress or sins. The same done as service to God or the supreme spirit leads to spirituality and self-realization. Through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord  Krishna tries to impress Arjuna with the benefits of these stress-free actions. But Arjuna’s mind is overwhelmed with stress and is unable to understand this cosmic law. So Lord Krishna gave him the divine vision and enabled him to perceive God’s cosmic vision.

The power and energy manifesting in the cosmic vision (Vishwa Roopam) were much that the sense-perception oriented Arjuna was terrified. He could not tolerate it. His eyes opened to the extraordinary mind-boggling personality of Lord Krishna. He humbly prays to Lord Krishna. He asked Lord Krishna: “O Lord who are you what is your real nature? I wish to know you. Kindly enlighten me”.

Krishna replies:

भगवानुवाच |
कालोऽस्मि लोकक्षयकृत्प्रवृद्धो लोकान्समाहर्तुमिह प्रवृत्त: |
ऋतेऽपि त्वां न भविष्यन्ति सर्वे येऽवस्थिता: प्रत्यनीकेषु योधा: || 32||

śhrī-bhagavān uvācha
kālo ’smi loka-kṣhaya-kṛit pravṛiddho lokān samāhartum iha pravṛittaḥ
ṛite api tvāṁ na bhaviṣhyanti sarve ye avasthitāḥ pratyanīkeṣhu yodhāḥ

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 32

General Meaning:

I am the most ancient world, destroying TIME, at this moment I am busy in destroying the worlds. Even if you don’t fight none of the hostile warriors of the enemy army will survive.

Explanation:

In the ancient yoga scriptures, God is considered as a combination of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer, and Shiva the Destroyer. All these three are the three aspects of God’s work on God’s nature. These three, Trinity is not different, they are one. These are conceptions of ancient Masters, to have some idea about God who is unknown and unknowable by the human mind and senses. The ultimate destroyer is Time whatever may be the cause of the destruction. God is also known as controller or Master of Time (Kaal and Mahakala). God is the ultimate regulator of life and death and both are concepts of Time.

तस्मात्वमुत्तिष्ठ यशो लभस्व जित्वा शत्रून्भुङ् क्ष्व राज्यं समृद्धम् |
मयैवैते निहता: पूर्वमेव निमित्तमात्रं भव सव्यसाचिन् || 33||

tasmāt tvam uttiṣhṭha yaśho labhasva jitvā śhatrūn bhuṅkṣhva rājyaṁ samṛiddham
mayaivaite nihatāḥ pūrvam eva nimitta-mātraṁ bhava savya-sāchin

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 33

General Meaning:

You, therefore, arise and stand up and gain fame. Conquer your enemies and enjoy the prosperous kingdom. All these enemies have already been killed by me. Be my instrument O Ambidextrous Arjuna.

Explanation:

Lord Krishna encourages and inspires Arjuna to perform his warrior’s duties. He should overcome his enemies and enjoy the prosperous kingdom without any fear. Time has already destroyed these warriors who have assembled on this battlefield. He should overcome his ego and be the instrument of God, the cosmic Master. The only thing that matters is the cosmic law as set by the Supreme Cosmic Being (God). This works through the infinitely varied agencies, circumstances and person, human beings, and other beings.

One should overcome the limitations of the ego and be a part of the cosmic current, become the agent or representative of the Timeless Supreme. Like a coiled spring unwinding in slow-motion the creation is unfolding itself powered by God’s energy. Everything is part of God. To remember this The ultimate in thought speech and action is overcoming the ego and become the instrument of God.

द्रोणं च भीष्मं च जयद्रथं च कर्णं तथान्यानपि योधवीरान् |
मया हतांस्त्वं जहि मा व्यथिष्ठा युध्यस्व जेतासि रणे सपत्नान् || 34||

droṇaṁ cha bhīṣhmaṁ cha jayadrathaṁ cha karṇaṁ tathānyān api yodha-vīrān
mayā hatāṁs tvaṁ jahi mā vyathiṣhṭhā yudhyasva jetāsi raṇe sapatnān

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 34

General Meaning:

Drona, Bhishma, Jayadrath, Karna and all other brave warriors these are already killed by Me. Finish them off. Do not be scared. Put up your best fight and surely you will conquer your enemies in battle.

Explanation:

Dronacharya the military Guru, Bhishma the grandfather, for them Arjuna had respect and sentimental weakness tinged by subtle fear. For Jayadrath, the brother in law and hostile king, he had sentimental weaknesses. For Karna, his archrival and antagonist, he had subtle fear and few other heroes of the enemy camp for whom; Arjuna had special consideration which could have compromised his quality fight against them. Lord Krishna purposefully mentions these names knowing Arjuna’s psychological weakness for them informing him that these people have already forfeited their lives by being present there with hostile intentions. They are as good as dead. So Arjuna should complete the cosmic duty on behalf of the cosmic law.

सञ्जय उवाच |
एतच्छ्रुत्वा वचनं केशवस्य कृताञ्जलिर्वेपमान: किरीटी |
नमस्कृत्वा भूय एवाह कृष्णं सगद्गदं भीतभीत: प्रणम्य || 35||

sañjaya uvācha
etach chhrutvā vachanaṁ keśhavasya kṛitāñjalir vepamānaḥ kirīṭī
namaskṛitvā bhūya evāha kṛiṣhṇaṁ sa-gadgadaṁ bhīta-bhītaḥ praṇamya

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 35

General Meaning:

Sanjay speaks: Having heard this speech of Lord Krishna, Arjuna with joined palms, trembled, bowed his head in devotion and prayed to Lord Krishna in emotionally half choked utterances, bowed down again and again frightened to the warriors.

Explanation:

Lord Krishna’s utterances were extraordinarily direct, clear and powerful. It had the ring of cosmic destiny and supreme authority. Out of nervousness and fear, Arjuna was trembling. He felt carried away in the cosmic current. His senses and mind were overwhelmed. He bowed again and again with joined palms. His voice was choking with emotions. He started praying to Lord Krishna. He was sure that Lord Krishna is God.

अर्जुन उवाच |
स्थाने हृषीकेश तव प्रकीर्त्या जगत्प्रहृष्यत्यनुरज्यते च |
रक्षांसि भीतानि दिशो द्रवन्ति सर्वे नमस्यन्ति च सिद्धसङ्घा: || 36||

arjuna uvācha
sthāne hṛiṣhīkeśha tava prakīrtyā jagat prahṛiṣhyaty anurajyate cha
rakṣhānsi bhītāni diśho dravanti sarve namasyanti cha siddha-saṅghāḥ

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 35

General Meaning:

Arjuna speaks: O’ controller of the mind and the senses it is justified that the whole world becomes joyful and rejoice in your praise; demons run away in fear in all directions and all divine saints bow to you humbly.

Explanation:

Through his illuminating and inspiring talk, Krishna transmitted His blessings and grace to Arjuna. Arjuna had a glimpse of the immense and infinite power of the Master of the Cosmos. Arjuna became a seer and poet and saturated with divine love and faith. He gives expression to his realizations. Lord Krishna is also known as Govinda, the bestower of love and joy to the whole creations and remover of sorrow and sufferings caused by evil and demonic forces.

According to saints and sages and incarnations of all time and places the Supreme Master God appears among human beings in human forms to protect and sustain spiritual people who love God and his creations. Also to eliminate the evil and devilish people whose life is dominated by hatred, anger, and tyranny. It is wise to be spiritual not out of fear but out of love, knowledge and harmony, and peace. Daily practice of Kriya Yoga will help in achieving this more i.e. Self-realization.

May God bless you with Love, Laughter, Light, Longevity and Life.

With Love and Best Wishes,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji

Paramahansa Atmananda

A Doctor, A Yogi, A Teacher. He is a Yogi and highly qualified doctor. With his specialization in Internal Medicine and Neurology, he has been able to make many spiritual seekers understand about Kriya Yoga as a scientific technique for Self and God Realization.