August 1, 2020
THE MONTH OF AUGUST
Whatever be the nature of knowledge and wisdom, it is a colossal waste if it merely adorns our intellect or heart. We should have the courage of our own convictions and live up to them. We should experience what we understand to be the highest truth (even with our own limited vision); for only then is even a verification of its validity possible. We may err; it is human. But if we do not have the daring, if we are ever standing on the brink, hesitant, we may die with a great weight in our heart - the weight of falsehood misunderstood as the truth! Hence, by all means look before you leap...take a second look, and a third... but for heaven's sake, leap.
Arjuna takes a leap and is granted the cosmic vision. Out of this experience, several facts emerge which are discussed this month.
Until we see the universe as God's body, we remain outside the inner court of yoga. Karma Yoga is possible only if we realize we are one with God, and therefore with all. Bhakti Yoga is puerile if it is confined to idol worship and does not embrace Karma Yoga. Jnana Yoga degenerates into intellectual gymnastics if the truth is not realized. But when the universe is seen as God's body, and God as the indwelling omnipresent consciousness, a great and courage-infusing affirmation of solace reverberates in every cell of our being. It leads us to nimitta bhavana - "I am only an instrument in the hands of God" - which is not a feeling or an attitude, but a living, even if unexpressed, truth.
Liberation from the thralldom of ignorance is liberation from this mysterious ego-consciousness. The sage of cosmic consciousness sees God working through him, for the benefit, as it were, of the universe which, too, is God himself! Supreme peace reigns in the heart that is alive to this truth!
THE YOGA OF THE VISION OF
THE COSMIC FORM
madanugrahāya paramaṁ guhyam adhyātmasaṁjñitaṁ
yat tvayo ’ktaṁ vacas tena moho ’yaṁ vigato mama (XI-1)
bhavāpyayau hi bhūtānāṁ śrutau vistaraśo mayā
tvattaḥ kamalapatrākṣa māhātṁyam api cā ’vyayaṁ (XI-2)
XI/1. Arjuna said: By this word (explanation) of the highest secret concerning the self, which thou has spoken out of compassion towards me, my delusion is gone.
XI/2. The origin and the destruction of beings verily have been heard by me in detail from thee, O lotus-eyed Lord, and also thy inexhaustible greatness.