Maya is the most obvious energy of the Lord that is in operation in the material world. It is important to drum into our selves the controlling power of Maya. One needs to contemplate about Her captivating moves through the thorough study of the Vedic texts. The Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatham are the topmost scriptures that delve in detail about the magnetic powers of Maya and how She keeps the living entity bound to Her without relieving them for the Higher engagement of devotional practice.
All the female energy forces are the manifestation of the one Supreme Lord. Matter is the female expression of the Lord and all the blessings that the material world has to offer to talented beings also proceeds from the power of the Lord alone. Hence, it becomes important to cast one's vision on the Creator who is behind the display of all visible potency that individuals display. The credit is more of the Lord and less of the individual.
One of the direct ways of knowing the secrets of the universe is to realize the nature of consciousness. Other than the Bhagavad Gita, there is no better text to make one understand and direct one towards the very nature of consciousness. The Gita is a Scripture for deliberation and contemplation. Mulling over the verses of the Gita can initiate an automated internalized process towards final enlightenment.
An understanding of the modes of material nature is important for understanding the levels of consciousness in which humans have existed and shall continue to exist. When the modes of material nature such as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas are clearly understood, it shall open up a contemplative mindset, which will help us in our own standing ,providing us useful tools as we go along, on the path towards the Self.
When we understand the mechanism of the mind and body we shall come across consciousness as the eternal witness. This seeing is "realising". When such realisation dawns, it heralds freedom from the pain of birth and death. Unless there is this deep realisation, the body, mind and soul shall behave as one unit giving rise to the illusions of joy, sorrow and transmigration.
The Gita needs to be revered at all times. It represents the vast expanse of all Vedic teachings condensed into 700 verses that have fathomed the length and breath of life, as a process. Many times, because of prior influence of other good scriptures, a person may tend to compare the Gita with them and may unknowingly misinterpret or miscalculate the deeper intentions of the Gita. It becomes vital for a man of intelligence to deliberate on the Gita more deeply, with a purified mind before jumping to conclusions.
It is important to understand the position and philosophy of every spiritual statement. More so when it comes to interpreting the spiritual works such as the Bhagavad Gita etc, one may find extremely contradictory statements about the same subject which may appear to starkly oppose each other. This is where one has to become vigilant and take the help of one who has undergone spiritual rigor in understanding the scripture. While analyzing such scripture, the rule of thumb is to be able to harmonize contradictory statements and arrive at one universal meaning in the most profound manner. This shall happen only if one has the power of spiritual practice behind him.
We read the Gita a million times.. We swear by the Gita and often proclaim it to be our favourite scripture. We appreciated the Lord and sympathize with Arjuna. However we ourselves, fall short in imbibing the pivotal teachings of the Gita. Central to the theme of Gita is the concept of Exclusive surrender to the Lord. If our study of the Gita has not got us to the conclusion of exclusivity in surrender, reading the Gita is a sheer waste of time.
Unless one refers the teachings of the Gita, the path to our spiritual origins shall remain obscure. many times people are enamoured by spiritual experiences of ther people and regard them as someone great because of their so-called experiences of the other-world. However the Gita clearly defines the characteristics of a truly enlightened being. The Gita becomes the ultimate book of reference for the sincere seeker. Studying the Gita under able guidance can help one getting embroiled in the clasp of charlatans. Gita ithus becomes an indispensable book of reference for the true seeker.