Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 Verse 5


यत्सांख्यैः प्राप्यते स्थानं तद्योगैरपि गम्यते ।
एकं सांख्यं च योगं च यः पश्यति स पश्यति ॥५-५॥

 

Transliteration:

Lord Krishna says to Arjuna: by travelling spiritual path whatever ultimate goal of life is achieved by a Jnana Yogi, the same is also achieved by a Karma Yogi. Lord Krishna emphatically confirms, though path of jnana yoga and karma yoga appear different but, end fruit of both always were the same. As per Krishna, duality was never part of cosmic system.

 

As per Krishna… only a Tattva Jnani was competent to realize this integral truth. Religious preachers, followers of path of religion (rituals) never reached this absolute truth of life and always perceived the two paths, path of jnana yoga and karma yoga as two distinct ways to reach God. It is only by travelling path of spirituality one finally reached God… never otherwise!

 

The Explanation:

Travelers of spiritual path… travelers of path of jnana yoga always indulged in path of self enquiry (path of Neti… not this, not this) to reach God in their lifetime. Path of jnana yoga… path of self enquiry, path of Neti is best practiced in shavasna way of yoga. Lying in shavasna pose of yoga… any human being world over could indulge in self enquiry (Neti) at any given moment of time. There never was a particular moment for indulgence in self enquiry (path of Neti).

 

Even while working in office, standing on a street or even lying on the bed in the night… one could indulge in self enquiry (Neti) as per ones convenience. Lying in shavasna way of yoga and indulging in self enquiry (Neti) was a sure shot method of reaching God in present life. Maharishi Ramana practiced this path and reached God in his lifetime. Indulging in jnana yoga means realizing inner truths of life by assimilating pearls of wisdom contained in sacred scriptures of various religions of world.

 

It is an absolute fact of life that whatever is contained in sacred scriptures of different religions of world… it could never be realized via path of religion (path of rituals). Self enquiry can only be indulged by one who followed path of scriptures… path of jnana (wisdom)! Contemplation on jnana (wisdom) contained in sacred scriptures of different religions of world led human beings towards ultimate goal of life… God Almighty himself!!

 

At each and every stage of spiritual travel via path of jnana yoga (Sankhya yoga)… the ultimate goal of life for a spiritual seeker always remained… reaching God at the earliest! Those who started in search of God via path of karma yoga… they indulged in nishkama karma yoga, offering fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time. The path of nishkama karma yoga can only be followed with an unattached attitude.

 

When we did not bind self with bondages of earthly manifest life, when we slowly established control over five senses and mind… we only followed path of nishkama karma yoga in right earnestness. For a nishkama karma Yogi working with unattached attitude… God Almighty was not far away! By practicing patience, persistence and perseverance of the highest order, a serious seeker of spirituality slowly but firmly succeeded in establishing control over five senses and mind!

 

Absolute control over five senses and mind means reaching stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi (stage of absolute nothingness) when not a single thought flowed to our brain uninvoked. One finally gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) at the end of journey. Tattva jnanis who realized that end goal of both jnana yoga and karma yoga was the same were true seekers of God Almighty, finally reaching God in their lifetime! No matter how we look at things… it was only by negating karma to zero human beings reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana).

 

Termed Nirjara in Hinduism and Jainism, nirjara stood for negation of karma in our soul atman, the spirit within in totality! Nirjara in karma is not achieved in days, months, years or a lifetime. It may require many lifetimes before a serious seeker of spirituality finally succeeded in nirjara of all karmas! Removal of dross impurities within our soul atman, the consciousness within is termed nirjara. Through path of nirjara… a spiritual seeker succeeds in removal of inherent impurities within our soul atman, the spirit within! Absence of nirjara indicates our soul atman, the spirit within regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form forever!

 

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 5 Lord Krishna was firm in his sayings to Arjuna: to recognize an enlightened one, to distinguish self-declared spiritual masters from those who truly gained enlightenment in their lifetime was not that difficult. One who likened both, path of jnana yoga and nishkama karma yoga to reach God in their lifetime was a true spiritual preceptor. To distinguish light from darkness was not that difficult even for a layman… commoner, one from masses! One who maintained absolute purity in all walks of life was a true follower of God Almighty. False preaching’s of religion carried no meaning in spiritual world.

 

Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 22, 2013

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