The language of Bhagavadgeetha is very simple. Being the ‘Song of God’ and not prose, by reading it we are transported beyond the boundaries of limited thought. The 12th chapter begins with Arjuna asking Lord Sri Krishna: ‘Who is better versed in yoga — the ones who worship You in constant devotion with your forms or the ones who worship You as the formless?’ The Lord enlightens Arjuna saying: ‘Those who fix their minds on me and worship me with steadfast love and faith, I consider them as perfect in Yoga and closest to me,’ explained Sri M, Founder- President, Satsang Foundation, Madanapalle (Andhra Pradesh).

He was delivering a discourse on Bhakthi Yoga (Chapter12) on the first day in a four-day series sponsored by Vijay Foundation in association with P.R. Hariharan Memorial Charitable Trust and Star of Mysore yesterday at Sri Prasanna Parvathi Kalyana Mantap in V. V. Mohalla here.

It is impossible to undertake a spiritual journey without Bhakthi, Sri M remarked, adding that Bhagavadgeetha forms an important part of Prasthanathraya comprising Geetha, Upanishads and Brahamasutra. Veda includes Samhita, Brahmanas, Aranyaka and Upanishads. The first translations and commentary on Geetha are credited to Adi Shankara.

Each of its chapter at the end proclaims that it is part of Upanishads and also Yoga Shastra, the science of the study of truth. Geetha is the earliest text that proclaims there are many paths to know the truth, the speaker said.

The first chapter of Bhagavadgeetha, titled Arjuna Vishaada Yoga finds the Pandava warrior in deep sorrow and undecided on what to do in the battle field. The dialogue between the Lord and Arjuna enlightens us about the root of all sorrow and how to remove that root. That is the cream of Bhagavadgeetha, Sri M explained.

Arjuna, who listens to the Lord is fully aware that Lord Krishna is much more than what he sees in front him. In chapter 10 of the Bhagavadgeetha, the Lord discloses to Arjuna about himself saying, “I am Kaplia among the Munis, I am Saamaveda among the Vedas, I am the Meru among the mountains....” Arjuna praises the Lord in chapter 11 while chapter 12 is the only one which begins with Arjuna seeking enlightenment from the Lord on Bhakthi (which even the intelligentsia think that it is only for the primitive people or women). The Lord explains to Arjuna that the desired qualities of a Yogi are (a) Control on the senses, (b) Balance of mind and (c) Feeling of welfare of all at heart. The Lord assures Arjuna saying, “I’ll lift you from a death-bound existence to a state of immortality,” Sri M explained.

The programme began with an invocation by Bharathi.

H. Ramachandra of P.R. Hariharan Memorial Charitable Trust welcomed. Dr. B.R. Pai of Vijaya Foundation introduced the speaker.

Spiritual Analgesic

People resolve to various measures when experiencing pain or troubled by sadness. Some do it by viewing TV, others resolve to analgesics in the form of pills. There are also some who take Spiritual Analgesic, but their spirit comes in bottles, said Sri M in a lighter vein.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore