Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 Verse 8

ज्ञानविज्ञानतृप्तात्मा कूटस्थो विजितेन्द्रियः ।
युक्त इत्युच्यते योगी समलोष्टाश्मकाञ्चनः ॥६-८॥



Exemplifying merits of travelling path of nishkama karma yoga and jnana yoga (path of absolute wisdom), Lord Krishna says to Arjuna… one whose thoughts were well-settled and contemplating on God Almighty, one who finally reached stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi (absolute nothingness) had nothing more to achieve in the present manifest world.


One who after establishing absolute control over five senses (termed Jitendriya in Hinduism) finally succeeds in establishing absolute control over mind was devoid of inconsistencies, tribulations in world of thoughts! Only a serious seeker of spirituality like Swami Vivekananda slowly step-by-step finally reached stage of zero thoughts… stage of thoughtlessness!


By following path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) and vijnana (knowledge of manifest world) one finally reached the unmanifest… God Almighty (termed Brahman in Hinduism) in all its glory! It is through path of contemplation (self enquiry) one cut through tribulations of thought process! When queries within us slowly dissolved… one reached stage of absolute purity forever.


For a True Yogi… glitter of gold and diamonds carried no meaning! For a man of wisdom, diamonds were stones polished bright… nothing more! One who surpassed all obstacles of ephemeral world… traveler of path of absolute truthfulness finally reached source of all wisdom contained in cosmos… God Almighty himself!


The Explanation:

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 6 verse 8, Lord Krishna enumerates advantages of travelling spiritual path… path of jnana (wisdom) that finally leads all to God Almighty! Never through path of vijnana (path of manifest) does one reach God Almighty (termed Brahman in Hinduism). Path of unmanifest, path of jnana (absolute wisdom) was the only way in present times to reach God!


Those mesmerized by glare of worldly riches, one travelling path of religion never reached God via path of vijnana (path of manifest)! In laymen terms, vijnana relates to path of science that never led one to God Almighty. As detailed in Bhagavad Gita… one could never reach God via path of science. Why? Spirituality starts from the point where science ends.


One could never understand sublime through path of vijnana (science)! Science as per Bhagavad Gita was simply meant for physical manifest world… the outer world! It is guided by science… human life moved ahead on mother earth in a meaningful manner! In absence of science (vijnana), all developments of life on mother earth would become meaningless.


Science (vijnana) propels us to indulge in life as best as we can! New discoveries, inventing new methodology in day-to-day affairs of life makes life interesting! But far from world of vijnana (science) lay world of jnana (wisdom) following which one realized abstract truths of life, reached our true inner self… our soul atman, the spirit within!


The path of jnana (wisdom) and path of vijnana (science) our contemporary to each other! In absence of one… the other carried no meaning! If God Almighty ordained a long journey of 1.1 million earthly manifestations in human form to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)… it was only through vijnana (science)… human beings reached logical conclusions of life!


As we see today… only very few people indulged in path of jnana (absolute wisdom) to reach God. Most human beings wanted to reach God via path of religion, path of vijnana (science)… never realizing that science demands proofs that are not forthcoming in the field of pure spirituality. In the domain of God almighty… it was absolute faith in God that propelled one towards God Almighty! In absence of faith (shraddha in Hinduism), spiritual journey was meaningless! Total unconditional, unquestionable… belief in God was termed shraddha!


Following path of jnana (wisdom) and also path of vijnana (science) when human beings reached final cosmic truths of life… one realized that on spiritual path there was nothing more to realize. One finally reached stage of self realization; God realization… termed enlightenment in English! For a Jina, a bodhi… an enlightened one, remaining immersed in thoughts of God Almighty all the time was something that could never be explained in words!


True essence of life laid in overpowering five senses at the earliest by travelling path of jnana (absolute wisdom). To reach logical conclusions in life, vijnana (science) came handy! To think, reach logical conclusions… to contemplate on matters not relating to God Almighty, vijnana (science) really was a wonderful tool. Vijnana (science) helped one reach God, though indirectly! Human beings who did not possess power of contemplation, discrimination; never reached God in their lifetime! Vijnana (science) was a tool that helped mankind earn their daily bread and butter! The importance of path of vijnana (science) on path of jnana (wisdom) must never be underestimated!


For human beings, the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle… reaching God in present life was the only goal of life! When contemplating on God Almighty one finally realized that glitter of gold and diamonds carried no meaning in spiritual world… one started indulging in good karma, positive karma to earn Punya karma… something that could be carried to next life! We all know that physical possessions after death of present body could never be carried to next life. What transfers to next life was residual balance of karma of present manifestation at the time of death of body. Why not indulge in good karma, positive karma… to earn Punya karma all the time!


In a nutshell, one who mastered five senses (i.e. established absolute control over five senses) finally succeeded in establishing absolute control over mind power. Contemplating on God Almighty all the time through path of self enquiry one finally realized that other than God Almighty nothing else existed in entire cosmos! Such a traveler of spiritual path was termed nishkama karma Yogi, a Jnana Yogi par excellence who existed in state of Samadhi all the time!


Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 27, 2013

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