Topics for today:
- Opening prayers and Gita Dhyanam
- Chapter 2 verses 71-72
Highlights of today’s class:
vihaya kaman yah sarvan pumamscarati nihsprhah | nirmamo nirahankarah sa santimadhigscchati ||
- Summing up the chapter, Lord Krishna says in this verse that a wise person moves around in peace, without having a sense of longing or binding desires or a sense of limited ‘I’ and ‘mine’.
- By using the word ‘carati‘ or ‘moves about’, a message is conveyed that a wise person does not run away from anything. While other people move about because of pressure of their desires, a wise person is free from such binding, pressurizing desires. A wise person is motivated but not driven by his or her desires.
esa brahmi sthitih partha nainam prapya vmuhyati | sthitvasyamantakale’pi brahmanirvanamrcchati ||
- An important point highlighted by Swamiji in connection with this verse is the interpretation of the word “sthitih“. Often it is translated as ‘state’ whereas it is not really a state. A state could come and go, whereas the knowledge of a jnani does not come and go. Brahmi sthitih is the steady knowledge of a wise person.
- In this verse Lord Krishna also says that it is never too late to gain self-knowledge. Even if one is established in it at the very end of one’s life, one gains moksa. Sankara adds to this in his commentary by stating that if such was the case then what to say of one who aspires for moksa even earlier in one’s life.. such a one lives in the knowledge of brahman for as long as one lives.
- 2nd chapter concludes with this verse.
om tat sat