Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) — Chapter10: 10-11

July 21, 2022

™teṣāṁ satatayuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prītipūrvakaṁ
dadāmi buddhiyogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te (X-10)
™teṣāṁ evā ’nukaṁpārtham aham ajñānajaṁ tamaḥ
nāśayāṁy ātmabhāvastho jñānadīpena bhāsvatā  (X-11)

X/10. To them who are ever steadfast, worshipping me with love, I give the yoga of discrimination by which they come to me.

X/11. Out of mere compassion for them, I, dwelling within their self, destroy the darkness born of ignorance by the luminous lamp of knowledge.

Swamiji's Commentary

      We can talk about God. We can love God. We can constantly meditate upon God. We can serve humanity as manifest God. We can – and should – do all these and much more. But God-Realization is his gift. We should not forget this for a single moment in our life. Hence, lord Krishna reminds us of this great truth at every turn in The Gītā.

      We cannot demand (except in the sense of yearning) God-Realization. Who demands? The ego! We do not deserve God-Realization so long as the ego is active. When the ego is not there, who is there to demand? This is the greatest of all puzzles, which only God can solve. Therefore the wise seeker leaves this final step to him.

      This does not mean that fatalistically we give up our sādhana (spiritual practice). Oh, no. That would be impossible if we were sincere in our spiritual aspiration and if we were mature enough to commence our spiritual return-flight. The man who says: “I am unable to do even japa, (repetition of God’s name) or meditation, because God has not blessed me with such opportunities and grace,” is still far below the ‘human’ stage of evolution (though, like an actor, he may wear a human mask). In addition, he is clever enough to invent a philosophic argument to hide it! It is our irrepressible nature to strive, to do sādhana, but only God destroys our ignorance – not because we deserve it, but out of sheer compassion. What do we deserve? We have only used the faculties bestowed upon us by him, as they should be used. Is there great merit in this? No. So if God destroys our ignorance, it is not because we deserve it (if our arrogance feels so, the veil of ignorance will become thicker), but out of his sheer compassion for us.

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