Srīmad Bhagavad Gītā is the ultimate sacred scripture of yoga, Yogaśastra and the pristine glory of the Vedic culture, the eternal living tradition called sanātana-dharma. It belongs to the whole Universe for it is delivered to the Universe by the source and embodiment of Universe. In This series “Bhagavad Gita – Decoded” we present to you the re-speaking, the revival of the supreme secret of the Gītā from the consciousness of the rare living incarnation, Paramhamsa Nithyananda who embodies the very science and experience of the Gītā.
Mahābhārat is the living legend. Bhagavad Gītā is the manual for Enlightenment.
Understand, the Gītā is not just for the people who worship Kṛṣṇa or who worship Śiva or who worship Arjuna or who worship Buddha or Mahāvira. Gītā is spoken by the Cosmos through Kṛṣṇa. That is why Vyāsa is using the word Bhagavān for Śrī Kṛṣṇa throughout the Gītā. So, it is universal. Nobody can claim it or own it as it is given by the Universe to the human society, to the whole civilization. It is not a personal property of anybody; not even the personal property of Hindus. Once it is delivered, it belongs to the whole world!
The essence of the whole Bhagavad Gītā is the Master awakening responsibility in the disciple. That is why everywhere the Gītā talks only about responsibility!
Through ‘karmaṇy ev’ādhikāraste mā phaleṣu kadācana (2.47)—you have the right to work, but never to the outcome of the work’, through ‘tvakvottiṣṭha parantapa (2.3)—Giving up your powerlessness, arise, O Parantapa’ and through ‘uddhared ātmanā’tmānaṁ (6.5)—raise yourself by yourself‘, Śrī Kṛṣṇa is awakening the responsibility in Arjuna—Guru is awakening the responsibility in all of us through the awakening of Arjuna, the hero of Gītā.
When you study the Gītā, you will find that Arjuna’s logic seems to be very intelligent. He does not want to fight. But Kṛṣṇa emphasizes the intelligent ones need to enter into the fight from the space of advaita (non-duality), with the power and joy of feeling responsibility.
Only to a close friend with whom you can open your heart can your struggles be opened. Only when you are able to respect somebody more and more by knowing his struggles and conflicts, by knowing the success he achieved, you become a friend to him. But, by knowing somebody’s struggles and conflicts, if you start judging him, there is no friendliness. It is an envious relationship waiting to vomit enmity. It is a seed sown with poison.
Here, Kṛṣṇa shares Gītā to His own closest dearmost friend, Arjuna, who is beyond any envy or incompletion, to whom He can really show viśvarūpa (cosmic form) and reveal all His dimensions, with whom He has a freedom to just say, ‘Do not yield to this degrading impotence of powerlessness,’ ‘Do it Kaunteya! O son of Kuntī, just do it,’ ‘nānuśocitum
arhasi (2.25)—Do not grieve for the body,’ and ‘mat-karma-kṛn-mat-paramo mad-bhakaḥ (11.55)—Do My work! Be My devotee! Always undividedly think of Me, you shall enter into Me.’
Finally Kṛṣṇa goes to the extreme of saying, ‘sarva dharmān parityaja mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (18.66)—Give up all your concepts and ideas about dharma, about right and wrong. Just surrender to Me. I will liberate you.’
To say these words of surrender what an intimate understanding, what a feeling connection, what a space of completion between Master-disciple, beloved-friend should have been there between Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna. Kṛṣṇa summarizes His Gītā saying drop your life at My feet. I will not cheat you, I will think for you. I will see to it you achieve the ultimate—mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucah—I will liberate you, do not fear or worry!
Like Arjuna many thousand years ago, you are here on the warfield of your life in a dialogue with the living Enlightened Master, the rare living Incarnation in this book.
This is a tremendous opportunity to resolve all life questions, to complete with root thought patterns and to clear all self-doubts by listening into the Master’s words and allowing His energy to rewrite your future! This is an extraordinary possibility to awaken your true nature, to arise with your inner powers, and to cause your highest reality—with the Master driving your Self into the absolute victory of life—Living Enlightenment, Living Advaita.
yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo yatra pārtho dhanurdharaḥ I
tatra śrīrvijaya bhūtir dhrūvā nītir matirmama II 18.78
‘Wherever there is Yogeśvara Kṛṣṇa, the Master of all mystics, and wherever there is Pārtha (Arjuna), the supreme carrier of bow and arrow, there will certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary powers, and morality. That is my opinion.’