Friday, April 25, 2008

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse - 18

Perishable body, Imperishable Spirit

Anthavantha Ime Deha Nithyasyokthah Shareerinaha
Anashinoprameyasya Tasmadyudhyaswa Bharatha

What you see before you are bodies that are perishable and that have an end. They however contain the eternal, indestructible, immeasurable spirit in them. So just you fight Arjuna, the light of the Bharata race, says, Sri Krishna.

These words have relevance in the context of war, where the duty of a warrior is to fight. In other contexts, these words have a different application where it means, our body and those of others are bound to disintegrate sometime. And the spirit which dwells in us all is indestructible and ever flowing.
As long as the body is alive, let the spirit flow and express itself just as the music flows through Sri Krishna's bamboo flute.
- Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Vignana Bhairava Tantra, Tirumandiram,

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 17


Avinashi tu tad viddhi Yena Sarvamidam Tatam
Vinashamavyayasyasya Nakaschit kartum Arhati
Sri Krishna calls the Supreme Reality as Avinashi - that which cannot be destroyed. This indestructible reality pervades through everything. One cannot destroy this unified field which is one whole by any means.
Even as Arjuna is worried about killing another in the war to come, Sri Krishna imparts the Supreme wisdom here that no one can in truth kill or destroy anyone else, because the essence of every being is indestructible and can neither be cut or cleaved.
Take for instance a martial artiste breaking a pile of granite stones with his fist. The essence of the martial artiste's being is space and the stones also are placed in space. Even if the stores are destroyed, nothing ever happens to the space through which this punch is delivered. Sri Krishna goes a step deeper to point out that the essence of ll being is the immutable and indestructible consciousness which can neither be hurt nor killed.
- Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Vignana Bhairava Tantra, Tirumandiram,

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 Verse - 16

The Real is and Unreal is not
Nasato Vidyate Bhavaha Nabhavo Vidyate Sataha
Ubhayorapi Drishtonthaha Twanayos Tathwa Darshibhihi
The wise people know the difference between the real and the unreal. Everything that one can see, touch, smell, hear, taste and think about is unreal. Unreal means it is of a changing nature and not permanent. The unreal knows no existence. The real - consciousness, awareness has never been non-existent.
The seers of the truth have seen the end of these two, real and unreal.
Now what is the relevance of knowing the real and the unreal. What the mind sees, that it becomes. If it is constantly watching people, emotions, temporary situations, the mind also gets scattered with the changes in all that it sees, as Arjuna's mind was lost in the fleeting moments of the war. On the other hand, if the mind is trained to see the real, permanent existence of consciousness, it is fully available in the present moment and not subject to the vagaries of changing events and situations. Such a mind is fully available for any task to be done in the present moment as it sees the totality and becomes the total in the present. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(For more see links: Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Vignana Bhairava Tantra, Tirumandiram,

Friday, April 4, 2008

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 2: Verse 15

The warrior spirit

Yam hi navyathayanthye te Purusham Purusharshabha
Sama duhkha sukham dheeram somritathvaya kalpathe
If Arjuna is having doubts about fighting the present war, Sri Krishna has gone on to teach him about the quality of the warrior fit to receive the supreme spirit. The enlightened human being is not agitated by pain and pleasure.
Addressing Arjuna as a leader of men, Sri Krishna reminds him that he too has the potentiality within him. Such a person alone is a fit vessel for immortality.
Where is the need for immortality in a warrior. By getting deluded by the past, Arjuna fails to see the need of the present moment. And being in the present moment is possible only if Arjuna is not swayed by the pain of fighting friends and relatives and the pleasure of escaping from the war.
Being indifferent to pleasure and pain makes the mind steady and rooted in the present moment which contains the essence of immortality. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Picture: A temple on Eldams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Temples and places of worship are abound in India mainly as centres to help the busy mind to re-route itself to the Consciousness.)