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 world that we see around is not really the way it appears to our senses. There is more to it than meets the eye. The reality of the world is covered by the power of Maya. This Maya makes the world appear and disappear. We as jeevas or living entities view creation which in itself is a setup of Maya and hence, there is a clout that covers the real picture present behind Maya. Our understanding is clouded by Maya. It will be interesting to understand how Maya creates the imagery that we are all used to which forces us into coming to the conclusion that what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste is real. The reality cannot be further than this.
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.
It is interesting and vital to study the life of sages who have walked on earth. It becomes especially important if one is eager to know what is at the heart of Sanatana Dharma. The sages whose lives are an epitome of sacrifice, who have made their life a receptacle of God, need to be studied and surrendered to. Unless one's emotions and inspiration is tuned to such elevated beings, Knowing God shall remain a far-fetched dream.
Understanding the Concept of God, is vital to our spiritual journey. Unless the concept of God is ascertained, our spiritual journey cannot begin. The Gita is the best manual, with regards to understanding the nature of God, the Supreme Rality. When one undertakes the study of Gita in a mode of surrenders, it throws light on the concept of God, in an approachable and a scientific manner. God is the most scientific component that is behind the workings of creation and is the final resting place, once the journey of man consummates.
When one is taking care of one's health, it is required that along with medicines one should also not eat forbidden food in order to render the medicines effective. Similarly unless one renounces one's desire for the world, whatever one does in the Path of Karma and Path of Jnana, these practices shall not be the least effective.