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Jnana Karma In The Gita-Part-2

A follower of the Path of Karma Yoga, regards everything as belonging to God. He never stakes claim on the results or activity, which he may perform as service unto others. He shall never take credit or discredit for any work that he performs as part of the Karma Yoga philosophy.

He remains perfectly balanced in success and failure. He renounces all fruits of action, renounces attachment and performs action at the behest of God alone (Chapter 2, Verses 47-51). Resigning himself to God, in thought, word and deed, he practices with faith and reverence, constant meditation on His divine form along with his name, virtues, glories and pastimes (Chapter 6, Verse 47). Thus Karma Yoga, stands for working for God alone by sacrificing all personal interests in work as well as outcome of work. The person performing Karma Yoga, shall have a renounced state of mind at all times, in the mode of goodness.

Continuing with the detail of the Path of Knowledge, the Path is guided by 4 main principles. These principles are not assumed or blindly accepted. When a person commits himself to self-reformation and refinement, through the Vedic path or in line with the Scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, he shall slowly be guided by the inner force of knowledge that lies deep within his own heart akin to an oyster, which hides within its shell body, a beautiful pearl, in the depths of the ocean. This knowledge, is not restricted to religion, caste, and creed or gender bias. This knowledge lies hidden, waiting to be discovered, in the heart of even the lowliest creature. The 4 guiding principles are

(1) All that exists, the unmanifest and the manifest is verily Brahman.

(2) All phenomenal existence is illusory, nothing other than Brahman exists.

(3) All that appears is one’s own Self the big “I”.

(4) All that appears is transient, illusory and has no factual existence, only the eternal conscious Self is truly existent.

Now, we shall go into the elaboration of these 4 principles. Whatever actions one may perform, the means, the materials of that action and the doer himself, is Brahman alone (Chapter 4, Verse 24). Just as ice-blocks of various shapes like cars made of ice, buildings of ice, roads of ice, birds and people of ice, all that is still just water, solidified water, in reality every shape that the ice represents is just water. Similarly all that exists in the material world is the non-matter Brahman, masquerading as situations, people and the gamut of all that which represents the world. That Brahman alone is God, nothing but God, the undiluted truth about every shape and contour that pervades the world. It is God alone who exists in the form of all beings (Chapter 13, Verse 15).

Thus, it will be the highest intelligence, if man negates all phenomenal existence as illusory, momentary and perishable, realizing simply, the substrate of all the phenomenon as the Supreme Being, God, nothing but God. His mind and intellect should thus be merged in Brahman and should establish his identity with God, through the performance of Jnana Yoga or Karma Yoga. The Sadhaka, spiritual practitioner should become one with Him, through direct realization (Chapter 5, Verse 17). Pouring oneself into this realization, the man of higher intelligence, shall look upon both the animate and inanimate world as his very own Self. This is only possible through application of the principles of Sanatana Dharma, by walking on the path of Truth. Merely super-imposing these precepts on an unclean mind, shall only complicate things and increase confusion. Simply superimposing these precepts without the necessary sadhana or spiritual practice, shall even lead into mental derangement. One should seek a Spiritual Master, a perfected being, before one attempts to get into the frame of mind, presented in the statements above. One should seek the guidance of the Lord in one’s heart and seek the blessings of a Living Master if one is to realize the teachings of the Gita directly.