Gita in a Chapter — Part 1

November 27, 2017

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Tonight i depart for Bharat for The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra X. As we live in our Ashrams in Haridvara, Uttarakashi, Sidhabari, etc., before our meals we will chant Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’s Chapter 15. This is a tradition not just in Bharat, many of our Centres in North America practice the same.

Why?
Chapter 15 is the second shortest chapter.

Why??
By remembering God our food is transformed into naivedya (an offering) and prasada (a blessing).

Why???
Good question. Let us go deeper than technicalities to transformation with a simple, universal, rememberable meaning for each verse. Nourishment for the body is food, nourishment for the mind is our E-Vichara

E-Vichara (November 27, 2017) — — Gita in a Chapter — Part 1

  • “I have made the Bhagavad Gita as the main source of my inspiration and guide for the purpose of scientific investigations and formation of my theories.” ~ Albert Einstein — “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” ~ Henry Thoreau
  • Verse 1 — From Oneness separation appears, blinding us into believing Unity is not Absolute, diversity is — Scriptures guide thinkers past illusions to Infinity
  • Verse 2 — Our sense of separation is comprehensive, strengthened by our own mind/senses — identifying with limited equipments we feel small, forcing us to act to feel Whole again
  • Verse 3 — Separation is most betraying, impeding us from knowing how this feeling began, continues and ends — transcending incompleteness is difficult yet possible with intense independence
  • Verse 4 — The Greatest gain is no longer seeking gain, naturally this gain should be our sole purpose — Awareness gives relevance to our experiences thus thinkers focus on Life rather than living
  • Verse 5 — One who is free of arrogance, confusion, attachment, will depend on the Self not objects — one who is free from separation such as pleasure/pain is wise and gains the Greatest

Inspire-Love-Be,
AV