Gita in a Chapter — Part 2

December 11, 2017

Namah Te from Delhi!

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

Tomorrow we begin The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra X (Yatras)! 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 (December 11, 2017) — — Gita in a Chapter — Part 2

  • “The Bhagavad Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.” ~ Albert Schweitzer — “The marvel of the Bhagavad Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion” ~ Herman Hesse
  • Verse 6 — Oneness is of the nature of Awareness, giving ‘light’ to the sun, moon, fire — rediscovering one’s Infinitude one never feels incomplete
  • Verse 7 — God expresses as the world and the ego — the mind/senses are created and so naturally are drawn by creation
  • Verse 8 — The ego is ever holding/dropping bodies — when the ego moves from a body the body dies, yet the thoughts of the mind continue on in another body, as the wind carries fragrance between flowers
  • Verse 9 — The ego energizes the mind which energizes the senses — the pursuit of pleasure is driven by the ego
  • Verse 10 — Coming, enjoying, going are all appearances — the ignorant forget Reality, the wise remember Reality

Inspire-Love-Be,
AV