बन्धुरात्मात्मनस्तस्य येनात्मैवात्मना जितः ।
अनात्मनस्तु शत्रुत्वे वर्तेतात्मैव शत्रुवत् ॥६-६॥
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna: a seeker of spirituality who after establishing absolute control over five senses and mind reaches God… such an enlightened seeker was always in a state of inner happiness, absolute bliss! After all goal of every human life was following dictates of our soul atman, the spirit within! When workings of two, our true inner self and physical manifest self coincided… one experienced stages of permanent bliss, something that could never be stated in words! Following dictates of our soul atman, the spirit within all the time was following spiritual path… sincerely and diligently!
Those in confrontation with their true inner self… their soul atman, the spirit within prompted by a bloated ego (Ahamkara in Hinduism) all the time pursued path of religion (path of rituals)… remained unhappy most of time. All their sufferings ensued from following path of negative karma that never led human beings to God Almighty! If we desire happiness in life… our following path of spirituality was mandated by God Almighty! By following path of vice, negative karma… what more did we expect from God Almighty other than sufferings, unhappiness!
Indulgence in right karma, proper karma was essence of human life. Those who realized this integral part of cosmic life remained happy most of time. Those who merely projected happiness but were unhappy from within, failed to establish control over their senses and mind! Such human beings always took shortcuts to God Almighty… following path of religion (path of rituals) that never led humanity to God Almighty. As a human being, the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle it is imperative on us to follow dictates of our soul atman! Only then one could experience inner happiness, bliss all the time!
Through Bhagavad Gita chapter 6 verse 6 Lord Krishna emphasizes importance of following path of spirituality, path of godly thinking that always led human beings to God Almighty. Lord Krishna also depicts importance played by laws of karma in life of human beings. Indulging in good karma, positive karma was that trait of character that led human beings to God Almighty. By treading path of positive karma, good karma human beings finally succeeded in establishing absolute control over five senses and mind. Such a follower of karma yoga was always at peace with one’s own soul atman, the spirit within!
Those who defied laws of karma… followed path of negative karma, bad karma under guidance of ego (Ahamkara in Hinduism) failed to realize their folly and blamed God Almighty for all their sufferings, woes! How could we blame our soul atman, the spirit within or God Almighty for karma indulged by us? At any given moment of time… our soul atman, the spirit within always tends to guide us on the right path. Prompted by a bloated ego, most human beings world over failed to hear the sweet small inner voice of our soul atman that seemed to come from within our heart! It is the voice of this soul atman following which human beings experienced happiness all the time! Those mesmerized by glare of worldly riches found it difficult to establish control over five senses and mind. Such people suffered most of time in life.
As a human being, one having willpower… we must all the time follow dictates of our soul atman! Only then we could experience intermittent stages of bliss most of time! Why blame destiny or God Almighty for sufferings experienced in life when our negative karma indulged was to blame! Understanding crux of karma is very important in absence of which human beings whiled away their life! People of wisdom lived life… while those dominated by ego whiled their life! When nothing material could be carried to next life… why indulge in bad karma, negative karma only to suffer at the hands of destiny later in life! Knowing well that teachings of Bhagavad Gita if followed properly led to God Almighty… still, people preferred travelling path of religion (rituals)!
The sermon of Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita makes one thing absolutely clear… to establish absolute control over five senses and mind, to reach God in present life… our undertaking path of spirituality; path of karma yoga… jnana yoga was an absolute must! When there was no other path to God Almighty why indulge and delay cosmic journey of our soul atman, the spirit within! Propelled by varied desires and wishes, human beings never took path of spirituality seriously. When going to temples, churches and mosques never helped one in reaching God… why pursue path of religion to reach God! Following path of good karma, positive karma human beings succeeded in generating Punya Karma that carried to next life after death of present body.
Pursuing earthly riches was giving a boost to our ego (Aham). The more fuel we provided to fire resulted in our increasing klesha (dross impurities within our soul atman, the spirit within)! The voice of our soul atman always prompts from within to reduce klesha (inherent impurities) in stages step-by-step. By following path of ego (Aham), instead of decreasing we increased dross impurities within! Apart from controlling five senses and mind… control over all other bodily actions was necessitated to reach stage of absolute purity. More the bonding (klesha), longer the journey to reach God Almighty! When all our actions, indulgences in karma were in conformity to requirements of our soul atman, the spirit within… one experienced bliss all the time!
For pursuing path of spirituality we must surrender self to God Almighty by acting as a true trustee of God Almighty in all affairs of life. Only then could we make our soul atman pure forever. We must never try to impose self on our soul atman… the true inner self within! As per Bhagavad Gita we were primarily a spiritual being… a cosmic energy that needs removal of dross impurities within! By travelling path of karma yoga, jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) we finally succeeded in negating karma to zero. Negation of karma announced our soul atman, the spirit within gaining absolute purity forever!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 26, 2013
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