अपरं भवतो जन्म परं जन्म विवस्वतः ।
कथमेतद्विजानीयां त्वमादौ प्रोक्तवानिति ॥४-४॥
Through Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 4 Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna celestial process of continuity of life in cosmic system. Lord Krishna was a manifest physical human being, termed an avatar (God manifest in human form)… a messiah, saviour! He is personified as an avatar (God manifest in human form) for he gained godly powers in the early stages of his life. When only a child, lord Krishna exhibited supernatural powers much beyond imagination of most human beings! His Kundalini Shakti awakened quite early only when he was a child.
If we say God Almighty manifests human form… it is an absolute misnomer! God Almighty always acts as Dhrishta (onlooker)… never interfering with creation of his! It is only in times of distress, tribulation, strife… a single human being manifests so much supernatural powers that people consider him almost next to God Almighty. One speaking through Lord Krishna is his own real self… his own soul atman, the spirit within! Having gained absolute purity, mounted with a will to do or die, Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna to lift arms in face of his arch enemies Kauravas and fight battle of Dharma (righteousness) in face of evil forces of adharma (lawlessness).
One who had reached extreme end of life, 8.4 millionth manifestation could not fight a war on his own terms! Similar as a soul atman needing a body, a medium to work out its karma… Lord Krishna also needs valor of Arjuna to fight battle of Dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness)! Lord Krishna also knows that amongst entire mankind… it was only Arjuna who was competent to receive celestial teachings of Vedas (Hinduism revelations) and Upanishads (independent treatises). To prepare him for the great battle of Dharma (righteousness)… the entire sermon of Bhagavad Gita was directed towards Arjuna.
Before accepting all teachings from Lord Krishna, Arjuna wanted to clarify how it was so that teachings of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga were imparted by Lord Krishna to Sun God Surya. As per Arjuna, Lord Krishna advent above 3600 years before now but Sun God (Surya) exists from times immemorial. The age of Sun (Surya God) at the moment is considered around 4.6 billion years. This makes clear that life supporting planets like mother earth also evolved almost at the same time as Sun. But for earth to manifest life, it took further billions of years. As per Lord Krishna… the entire life cycle of a soul atman necessitates an earthly journey of 96.4 million years that completes in approximately 8.4 million manifestations.
Through Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 4 Lord Krishna details that life in cosmic system truly belongs to our true real inner self… our soul atman, the spirit within! The manifest form of human beings and lower forms of life was but a medium for a soul atman, the consciousness within to regain its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form at the earliest. When a soul atman manifests form of human beings for the first time, 7.3 million manifestations had already passed! In the remaining 1.1 million manifestations in human form… one is expected to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha).
As all souls atmans reside in core of Sun, the importance of Sun God (Surya) in field of pure spirituality can be well imagined. God Almighty dictating to Sun God Surya precepts of jnana yoga and nishkama karma yoga simply means that unless human beings undertook spiritual journey… our soul atman, the spirit within could never become pure. As our soul atman, the consciousness within was the absolute master and controller of human body… it was imperative on human beings to travel spiritual journey at the earliest. God Almighty dictating wisdom of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga to Sun God Surya means our soul atman, the spirit within was all the time governing in entire cosmic journey!
Lord Krishna wants Arjuna to realize the hidden cosmic truths of life. Lord Krishna wants Arjuna to understand the underlying relationship between our true inner self and the manifest physical being (form of human beings)! Unless human beings travelled path of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga… one could never truly understand process of reincarnation as ordained by God Almighty in cosmic system! For a soul atman to gain absolute purity, it needs reincarnating again and again until all karma is exhausted and soul atman is drained of all dross impurities within. From the stage a soul atman starts cosmic journey even while remaining in Sun God Surya, to human beings reaching stage of enlightenment… the entire cosmic sojourn is one life cycle for a soul atman! To understand this precept, wisdom of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga was necessitated!
Before reaching final conclusions, Pandava King Arjuna repeatedly asks Lord Krishna varied questions! In a humble way, he asks Lord Krishna… how he could have given wisdom of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga to Sun God Surya when his own birth occurred almost above 3600 years before now. The age of Sun God Surya is stated around 4.6 billion years. How Lord Krishna could be connected to Sun God Surya, when he was only a mortal, a manifest physical being!
Sun God Surya is not a physical entity… a mortal entity! Sun God Surya is cosmic consciousness, prime consciousness much beyond comprehension of most human beings and scientists’ world over! To realize identity of Sun God Surya was beyond mortals, prime reason why all the dictates of Lord Krishna were directed towards Pandava King Arjuna and none other! Besides Arjuna, there was no other competent in Pandava camp that could assimilate teachings of Bhagavad Gita, the sermon of Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna!
Through bhagavad gita chapter 4 verse 4 Lord Krishna details to Arjuna the underlying cosmic truth, something that could only be realized by a traveler of spiritual path! As per doctrine of spirituality… our soul atman, the spirit within was the only truth of life! Our soul atman, the consciousness within was the absolute master and controller of human life and not vice versa. It was not within the competence of human body to manifest a soul atman, the spirit within! Every soul atman was intrinsically connected to Sun God Surya. All souls’ atmans in this part of cosmos existed in core of Sun. It is from core of Sun all souls atmans directed actions of human beings!
When our soul atman, the spirit within was all the time governing, Lord Krishna rightly said that the doctrine of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga was initially told by him to Sun God Surya. In spiritual parlance it simply means… control of life on mother earth always laid in hands of souls atmans residing in core of Sun. After death of present body the residual balance of karma decides whether soul atman goes to heaven or hell (swarga and Naraka in Hinduism). Heaven (swarga) exists in core of Sun where temperatures exceed millions of degrees centigrade. It is in such high temperatures our soul atman felt comfortable.
On the contrary hell (Naraka in Hinduism) exists in periphery of Sun where temperatures were considerably less. It is in such low temperatures our soul atman suffered for eternity. When the cosmic journey of life belongs to our soul atman… it is imperative for human beings to travel spiritual path so that our soul atman, the consciousness within reaches cosmic end of life at the earliest! The ultimate goal of life on mother earth always remains fixed… our soul atman, the consciousness within regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form at the earliest! This becomes a reality when human beings decide to travel spiritual path in present earthly manifestation. Undertaking path of religion (rituals) carried no meaning in field of spirituality.
For human beings to reach cosmic end of life, for a soul atman to realize its true inner self… human beings undertaking spiritual journey was mandated by God Almighty! In absence of spiritual journey, human beings could never realize their true inner self… their soul atman, the spirit within. By travelling path of jnana yoga, by indulging in karma nishkama karma way human beings finally reached 8.4 millionth manifestation… last in cosmic life cycle! Human beings reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation announced end of cosmic journey for a soul atman, the spirit within! Becoming an enlightened one… a bodhi, a Jina was truly a miracle. Something that was mandated to be covered in 1.1 million manifestations, achieving it in a limited time span of 70 to 80 years of earthly life is truly an achievement indeed!
By instructing Arjuna about merits of following path of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga, Lord Krishna was only doing his duty! In times of strife, extreme tribulation came a messiah, a saviour to re-establish Dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness). To prepare Arjuna to fight the battle of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna repeatedly exhorts Arjuna to lift arms, ending his cowardice forever! It is through path of jnana yoga Arjuna finally realizes what Lord Krishna wanted to say. By travelling path of nishkama karma yoga, by offering fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time… by acting as a true trustee of God Almighty, Arjuna would only be doing his duty towards his countrymen, country!
To reach God in ones lifetime, to remain in communion with God Almighty every second of life… the essentials of path of jnana yoga and nishkama karma yoga were necessitated for human beings! In the present scientific age human beings who thought God could be reached via path of religion (rituals) were under a misnomer. Unless we realized our true inner self, unless we negated our karma to zero by undertaking spiritual journey… one could never make it to God in present life. Negation of karma became possible by travelling path of absolute truthfulness always and ever. Furthermore practice of absolute celibacy for a period of 12 years in continuation was necessitated for full awakening of Kundalini Shakti, the coiled Serpentine energy lying dormant in base of spine!
Many say… that practice of absolute celibacy was not a requisite for travelling spiritual path! Living under a misnomer, living in ignorance is delaying cosmic journey of our soul atman, the consciousness within! If we really wanted to help our true inner self… our soul atman, the spirit within… we must follow dictates of our soul atman all the time! Path of absolute truthfulness helps one in hearing the sweet small inner voice of our soul atman that seemed to come from within our heart. Prompted by sweet small inner voice of our soul atman, I finally cleared all hurdles of spiritual path… reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation in present life! To emancipate from cycle of birth and death forever is the ultimate goal of life for all human beings. The earlier we do it, better for us as we do not know what form our soul atman manifests in next life!
The sermon of Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna by Lord Krishna was a requisite to prepare Arjuna for battle of Dharma (righteousness) ahead. As stated by Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (preceptor), one must not preach anything unless one becomes an enlightened one… reaches stage of a bodhi, becomes a Jina… a Mahavira! All teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna were meant for preparing Arjuna to handle extremities of life in the forthcoming battle of Dharma (righteousness). Unless Arjuna learnt intricacies of path of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga… he would not succeed in winning the battle head-on, so surmised Lord Krishna! By taking the precept of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga to older times… as much as 4.6 billion years earlier into the past was highlighting importance of path of jnana yoga, nishkama karma yoga!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – May 8, 2013
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