Despondency of Arjuna
Karma Yoga -
Path of Action
- Path of Wisdom
Renunciation of Action
Mystery of Mysteries
- The Path of Love
The Lord -
|FIFTEEN: THE LORD-GOD
“Lord Shri Krishna continued: This phenomenal creation, which is both
eternal, is like a tree, but having its seed above in the Highest and
its ramifications on this
earth below. The scriptures are its leaves, and he who understands this,
Its branches shoot upwards and downwards, deriving their nourishment
Qualities; its buds are the objects of sense; and its roots, which
follow the Law causing
man’s regeneration and degeneration, pierce downwards into the soil.
In this world its true form is not known, neither its origin nor its
end, and its strength is
not understood., until the tree with its roots striking deep into the
earth is hewn down by
the sharp axe of non-attachment.
Beyond lies the Path, from which, when found, there is no return. This
is the Primal God
from whence this ancient creation has sprung.
The wise attain Eternity when, freed from pride and delusion, they have
love for the things of sense; when, renouncing desire and fixing their
gaze on the Self, they
have ceased to be tossed to and fro by the opposing sensations, like
pleasure and pain.
Neither sun, moon, nor fire shines there. Those who go thither never
come back. For,
O Arjuna, that is my Celestial Home!
It is only a very small part of My Eternal Self, which is the life of
the universe, drawing
round itself the six senses, the mind the last, which have their source
When the Supreme Lord enters a body or leaves it, He gathers these
senses together and
travels on with them, as the wind gathers perfume while passing through
He is the perception of the ear, the eye, the touch, the taste and the
smell, yea and of the
mind also; and the enjoyment the things which they perceive is also His.
The ignorant do not see that it is He Who is present in life and Who
departs at death or
even that it is He Who enjoys pleasure through the Qualities. Only the
eye of wisdom sees.
The saints with great effort find Him within themselves; but not the
unintelligent, who in
spite of every effort cannot control their minds.
Remember that the Light which, proceeding from the sun, illumines the
whole world, and
the Light which is in the moon, and That which is in the fire also, all
are born of Me.
I enter this world and animate all My creatures with My vitality; and by
moonbeams I nourish the plants.
Becoming the fire of life, I pass into their bodies and, uniting with
the vital streams of
Prana and Apana, I digest the various kinds of food.
I am enthroned in the hearts of all; memory, wisdom and discrimination
owe their origins
to Me. I am He Who is to be realised in the scriptures; I inspire their
wisdom and I know
There are two aspects in Nature: the perishable and the
imperishable. All life in this world
belongs to the former, the unchanging element belongs to the latter.
But higher than all am I, the Supreme God, the Absolute Self, the
Eternal Lord, Who
pervades the worlds and upholds them all.
Beyond comparison of the Eternal with the non-eternal am I, Who am
called by scriptures
and sages the Supreme Personality, the Highest God.
He who with unclouded vision sees Me as the Lord-God, knows all there is
to be known,
and always shall worship Me with his whole heart.
Thus, O Sinless One, I have revealed to thee this most mystic knowledge.
understands gains wisdom and attains the consummation of life.”
Thus, in the Holy Book the Bhagavad Gita, one of the Upanishads, in the
Science of the Supreme
Spirit, in the Art of Self-Knowledge, in the colloquy between the Divine
Lord Shri Krishna and the
Prince Arjuna, stands the fifteenth chapter, entitled: The Lord-God