The Bhagavad Gita

A history of this Yoga Text continued . . .

Chapter 2, 3 & 4 . . .


Posted by Louise Whitehead on Oct 10, 2017

CHAPTER 2 - UNDERSTANDING THE SOUL

2 - V12 - Because we have been for all time: I, and thou, and those kings of men, and we all shall be for all time, we are all for ever and ever.

2 - V13 - As the spirit of our mortal body wanders on in childhood, and youth and old age, the Spirit wanders on to a new body: of this the sage has no doubts.
This is the essential teaching and understanding of reincarnation. The eternal soul lives on in each and every one of us.

2 - V 14 - From the world of sense, Arjuna, comes heat and comes cold, and pleasure and pain. They come and go: they are transient Arise above them, strong soul.
We
must experience all that is impermanent - the senses of happiness and distress change constantly in our minds and heart and this must be tolerated with patience. This will lead us to an understanding of the truth from that of illusion.

2 - V 46, 47, 48, 49 - Set they heart upon work, but never on its reward. Work not for a reward; but never cease to do thy work. Do thy work in the peace of Yoga and, free from selfish desires, be not moved in success or in failure. Yoga is evenness of mind - a peace that is ever the same. Work done for a reward is much lower that work done in the Yoga of wisdom. Seek salvation in the wisdom of reason. How poor those who work for a reward!
Do not work with expectation of reward as this is viewed as attachment. Each action produces a result - some good, some bad. If you perform deeds with attachment this brings about the cycle of birth and death. Be inspired to work with awareness for the love of God and for the benefit of all beings and all things - this unlocks the cycle of samsara - or the circle of suffering - bringing contentment.

CHAPTER 3 - KARMA YOGA - WORK AND DESIRE.

2 - V 6, 7, 8, - He who withdraws himself from actions, but ponders on their pleasures in his heart, he is under a delusion and is a false follower of the Path. But great is the man who, free from attachments, and with a mind ruling its powers in harmony, works on the path of Karma Yoga, the path of consecrated action. Action is greater than inaction: perform therefore thy task in life. Even the life of the body could not be if there was no action.
All life is actions and we must work constantly to give to our soul, and to all others and ultimately to God. With the knowledge of faith in our actions and honest work - creates spiritual growth and a wealth of understanding.

CHAPTER 4 - TRANCENDENTAL WISDOM.

4 - V - 1 - I revealed this everlasting Yoga - to Vivasvan, the sun, the father of light. He in turn revealed it to Manu, is son, the father of man. And Manu taught his son, king Ikshvaku, the saint.

4 - V - 3 - Today I am revealing to thee this Yoga eternal, this secret supreme: because of thy love for me, and because I am thy friend.
Krishna taught the sun the knowledge of Yoga. This outlines the depth and importance of old knowledge as truth when the Vedic rulers claimed to be descendant of the sun. Their knowledge was brought to earth two million years ago. Krishna taught Arjuna five thousand years ago. He was chosen because of his devotion to God.

With devotion, respect and love makes one open to spiritual wisdom and growth. God will always be our helper and protector if we maintain the faith in him.

Chapters 5, 6, 7 coming soon. . .