Topics for today:
- Opening prayers and Gita Dhyanam
- Meaning of Gita Dhyana verses
Highlights of today’s class:
- The 9 Gita Dhyana verses contain prayers to Gita, to sage Vyasa, to Lord Krishna and to Mahabharata.
- The imagery of Krishna milking Gita from the Upanishads which are compared to cows reiterates that the subject matter of Gita is in keeping with and is indeed the essence of the message of Upanishads.
- Krishna is considered a Jagad-guru, World teacher, because the message he taught is universal in nature. Message of Gita is relevant to all mankind.
- Taking Krishna, the Lord, as the boatman enables us to cross the river of samsara, just as the Pandavas crossed the river of the Kurukshetra battle taking Krishna as their charioteer.
Prayer and Lord’s Grace:
- A devotee who acknowledges his or her limitedness with regard to knowledge, power, control over situations, etc. prays to God/Ishwara who is all-knowing, all-powerful and has control over all situations.
- Prayer gives an immediate or visible result of psychological strength and comfort because of having a higher power to lean upon. It also gives an invisible result namely punya. These two results are called drusta phala and adrusta phala respectively.
- The way the adrusta phala operates is not available for us to see or understand. It influences the normal karma(action) -> karma-phala(result of the action) mechanism and causes it to be reorganized. Because of this invisible factor, we cannot always directly correlate the outcome we receive to an action performed in the immediate or remote past. We call this invisible factor as grace or krupa.
- Therefore, in reality, grace or krupa is the adrusta phala of our own actions performed in the past. Following the order of Ishwara, the adrusta phala manifests at the appropriate time in an appropriate manner. Ishwara is therefore called karma phala daata, giver of the results of everybody’s actions.
om tat sat