The Bhagavad Gita – Part Three

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Published on Savitri MacCuish’s homepage, by Trish Brown (first published in Australia Yoga Life), the article is not dated.

… Let us now continue together our journey through the chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita touches on some very deep and challenging concepts, and in Chapter 3 the Law of Sacrifice is introduced, not so much in the traditional meaning of forfeit or surrender, but in the deeper meaning of making something sacred. “All of life revolves around this great Law of Sacrifice” (Verse 16).

This sounds very similar to the stance taken by the well known author Joseph Campbell, but in The Dru Bhavagad Gita, a new, modern translation that was reviewed earlier in Australian Yoga Life (issue 12, p.71), this concept is developed along the lines of making your actions sacred, rather than forfeiting or going without something. The intention with which one acts is the secret ingredient for making your actions sacred.

When the dust is cleaned from the mirror, how clear is the image? …

… anything offered with pure intention and love is more potent than costly material items offered conditionally.

The only ‘cure’ is to realise the truth of our innate oneness and interconnectedness with life in all its myriad manifestations. Krishna invites Arjuna – and us – to rediscover our relationship with the universe in which we live.

Krishna proclaims the kingly science of self-realisation as the highest knowledge of all because it is the only thing that can permanently uproot the cause of all suffering. Once we realise our true nature we start to penetrate the core mystery of how the higher divine self can be both near and far and that we are a microcosm of that great mystery.

“Anything that is offered to Me with devotion and a pure heart,” says Krishna, “even if it is only a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit or water, I will gladly accept” (9:26). In its beautiful simplicity, this verse shows that anything offered with pure intention and love is more potent than costly material items offered conditionally.

Arjuna is our role model. He is eager, attentive, pure of heart, full of courage and very determined to know the higher self and that which is truly divine.

In the next and final article, we journey with Arjuna as he moves from the longing for freedom to realising the pure joy of enlightenment.

Trish Brown has taught yoga for over Trish Brown has been teaching yoga for 20 years and has teaching diplomas with IYTA and DRU yoga. She is a senior tutor on the DRU teacher training program and has been studying the ancient scriptures with master teachers in Australia, UK and India. (full long text).

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