Chapter 12 — Absorb your Mind in the Higher
Arjun was captivated. He couldn’t be more grateful to god to grant him a vision of the most prodigious sight. He didn’t need more to be convinced that the person he had been seeing as a friend all these years, was none other than the Lord Himself. He was pretty close to being sure that even if he hadn’t done the righteous to raise arms against his own brothers, friends and teachers, yet, they all had an inevitable end. He saw all of them entering the Lord’s mouth even without him doing anything per se. He understood that death is not the end. It’s rather a step closer to the Almighty.
Thinking in retrospect of what he saw, Arjun believed that he had no better option but to pick up his bow and fight. But still, there were clouds. He wanted to clarify certain things. So he went on to say –
“I understand that you are Formless. You are there in everything yet nothing is you. You have no name and that you are the Absolute Truth. But, there are still people who worship you in various forms. They give you different names. They sing songs in your admiration. They even perform various actions to worship you.
This brings to me the ‘confusion’.
Which one of them is actually a greater yogi? Which one of them is considered to be more perfect than the other?
The one who worships you as the Formless or the one who worships you in various forms.” (Gita 12.01)
“Realization! That’s the answer to your question”, said the Blessed Lord. “Those who have realised me as ‘Me’, worship me as ‘Me’. And those who haven’t, worship me in my various forms. A realisation is not easy. It requires one to fix one’s mind on the Absolute Truth. Without a doubt, those who succeed in doing so are dear to me. But in this world of illusions and distractions, it is rather easy to feel my presence in many forms one is able to touch. There is nothing wrong in that too. But I say, that — the being who treats every other being same as if I am there in him and all, with same love and respect regardless of their post and background, is the greater yogi of all! (Gita 12.02–07)
So I say to you Arjun, fix your thoughts in me and let go all the inhibitions of your mind. Do action!” (Gita 12.08)
“Oh well, Dhananjaya! If it is difficult to focus right now, then at least try to dwell upon Me alone via meditation. Gradually you will be able to meditate through the day, without even knowing you are meditating. (Gita 12.09)
And if meditation seems difficult, because you feel you unable to find out time from your busiest schedule of endless work, then don’t get disappointed. Just offer every action you do as if you are doing it for Me. (Gita 12.10)
And if even that is too hard to do, that you cannot remember Me in your actions, the least you can do is to perform those actions without any desires for reward, appreciation and expectation. (Gita 12.11) That will be sufficient itself. You needn’t do anything more.
For all is needed to understand is that — Knowledge is superior that Practise. Concentration (meditation) is greater than the Knowledge and Abandonment of desires is greater than meditation. It is far more difficult to do actions without expectations than worshipping or practising. But it brings far more peace, calm and concentration than doing anything else. (Gita 12.12)
Partha, let me jot down the points for you — to define my true devotee!
- One who has no ill feelings for no one.
- One who is friendly and compassionate.
- One who is free from ego — the notion of “I” or ‘My”.
- One who doesn’t change in pleasure than in pain.
- One who is ever content and satisfied with whatever he has — detached from the worldly illusions.
- One who has self-control and doesn’t let himself give in to his sense.
- One who is forgiving.
- One by whom others are not agitated with fear or disgust.
- One who is not agitated by others from fear or disgust.
- One who is always happy, free from anger, fear and anxiety.
- One who causes no pain to anyone.
- One who feels no pain from anyone.
- One who has no expectations.
- One who is pure inside-out.
- One who is same to a friend or foe, in credit or shame, in heat or cold, in liking or agony?
- One who is unbiased and treats everyone with equality and justice.
- One who doesn’t hate anyone and has the same love for all.
- One who doesn’t judge others as good or bad.
- One who is free of desires, expectations and results.
- One who is free from attachment.
- One who doesn’t consider himself as the doer of his actions, rather he is just a part of the grand plan, God has in his mind involving every single being in this Universe.
- One who is the same in praise or blame.
- One who speaks less and only when necessary.
- One who had complete faith and devotion in Me.
- One for whom, I am his ultimate goal.
Arjun, such as a man who is dear to my heart, is my real devotee, one for who has unquestionable faith in me and for whom I am his ultimate goal!