The third part of the exposition on Chapter 2, Sankhya Yoga, titled ‘Many problems, One Solution’ was delivered by Swami Shrikarananda-ji (Swamiji) in Brisbane on the 22nd of September 2018.
In his exposition, Swamiji covered Slokas 40 to 53 and conveyed, in his inimitable style, the import of the discourse between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, interlaced with parables and stories from the Puranas. As Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna, any effort dispensed in assimilating this would never be in vain and would hold a person in good stead in dealing with the challenges. This cannot be more relevant to all of us in the midst of the many problems that we are continuously faced with in today’s modern world.
In order to realise one’s full potential, it was imperative not to be bogged down by the past and anxious about the future. One should be guided by Buddhi yoga (intelligent selfless action) and apply all efforts, with an even state of mind, bringing to bear all of one’s skills to the task at hand in order to optimise the application of efforts. This would inevitably lead to optimum results. More often than not, rather than applying the energies to the present, one tends to dissipate energy lamenting about the past and worrying about the results and the future. It is important to realise that it is the present efforts that shape our future and not let the exercise of the full force of present efforts be diluted by dwelling on the past and being anxious of the future results. This was Lord Krishna’s message to Arjuna in Sloka 47 where Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that one only has the right to work but not to the fruits thereof. The motive to one’s actions should always be the greater good and not the fruits of action.
Swamiji narrated the story of Dhurva who was single minded in the pursuit of his goal and exhorted the participants to apply the tenets of Karma Yoga in their daily life.
All of us, Jivatmas (individuals), are verily the embodiment of that infinite Truth Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman. However, the veil of ignorance has made us identify with the Body, Mind and Intellect and make us think we are finite and limited. The web of ignorance is spun by our own Vasanas or inherent tendencies that are latent in us from our transmigratory past and keeps drawing us to the objects of the world. It is only by eradicating the Vasanas and awakening the thought in us to search for “Who we really are” that we can realise the ultimate truth within us, our True Nature. This is the realisation that confers the eternal bliss.
Swamiji explained that eliminating Vasanas was the key that unlocks us to the state of eternal bliss and this can be achieved if one’s actions were guided by the greater good as the motive and the application of Karma Yoga.
Having completed this portion, Swamiji added that the concluding part of Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Geeta (Verses 54 to 72) which describes the Perfect/Realised person who has discovered His True Nature, how he functions in this world, this is a question that many of us have. The exposition on these verses will be given by Pujya Swami Swaroopanandaji (Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide) from March 31st-April 4th at Coorparoo Secondary College 7:30-9: 00 PM. Please come and listen to this amazing Master.