Monday, 25 January 2016

" sarva dharmaan parithyajya "


The  Gita  revisited.
" sarva  dharmaan  parithyajya. "

                   Dharmas  will  come  to  include  all  the  punya karmas, all  physical, emotional  and  intellectual  activities   and   renouncing  actions   may  also  include  adharmic   and  unethical   activities  . We  may  now  wonder  how  all  actions  can  be  renounced  for  the  Lord  Himself  had  said   in the  3rd  and  18th  chapters  that  living  beings  can  never  give up  actions  totally. . So  giving  up  dharmas  will  definitely  imply  some deeper  meanings.  All  our  actions  belong  to  the  body-mind  complex   alone. . When  we are  identified  with   our  body mind  complex  ,our actions  belong  to  us alone . This  is  called  as  "  deha  abhimana  or  ahankara  " . Hence  giving  up  all  karmas will  be  possible  only  by  giving  up   our  identification  with  the  body mind  complex. . This  is  possible  only  when  we  know  we are  different  from  this  body-mind   and  that  we are  the  atma-chaitanyam  ,which  is  akartha  and  abhoktha  . 

               Sarva  dharman  parithyajya  would  then  mean  the  renunciation  of  the  deha  abhimana   and  disclaiming  that  "  I am  the  kartha and  abhoktha " . It  is  in the  presence  of  the  sakshi  chaitanyam  ,our  body-mind  is  doing  all  actions   . The  Lord  adds  "  mam ekam  charanam  vraja  "   this  refers  to  saranagati  to  the  Lord. . It  could  mean  surrender  to  a personal  God  like  Sri  Rama  or  Sri  Krishna  ,  or  it  could  mean  to  the  Vishva  Roopa  Ishwara  or  to  the  Nirguna  Brahman  ,the  Satchitananda  Roopa  ,the  Infinite  Brahman. . The  understanding  would  depend  on  the  level  of  the  spiritual  seeker. 

           How  does one  approach  the  Lord  ?   Approaching  the  Lord  does  not  mean  travelling  in  space  and  time  to  reach  Him. because  He  is  all  pervading  hence  where  does  the  question  of  travelling  arise  ?. He  is  never  away  from  us  . So  giving  up  the  false  notion  that  I am  the  body-mind  complex  and  understanding  that  He  is  never  far  away  from  us  is  jivatma  -paramatma -aikyam  . The  second  line  of the  verse  gives  the  benefit  of  gaining  this  knowledge  and  that  Paramatma  alone  is  the  refuge  for  a  samsari. . The  Lord  promises  that  He  will  release  us  from  all  sins  -the  sanchita, prarabda  and  agami  karmas  ,hence  He  advises  us  not  to  grieve  . 

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