Bhagavad Gita Today November 30, 2018

Date: 
Fri, 2018-11-30


We think Krishna explains reality better than anyone else. Don't just take our word for it, though; judge for yourself:

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.15

TRANSLATION

Nor does the Supreme Lord assume anyone's sinful or pious activities. Embodied beings, however, are bewildered because of the ignorance which covers their real knowledge.

PURPORT:

The Sanskrit word vibhu means the Supreme Lord who is full of unlimited knowledge, riches, strength, fame, beauty and renunciation. He is always satisfied in Himself, undisturbed by sinful or pious activities.

He does not create a particular situation for any living entity, but the living entity, bewildered by ignorance, desires to be put into certain conditions of life, and thereby his chain of action and reaction begins. A living entity is, by superior nature, full of knowledge. Nevertheless, he is prone to be influenced by ignorance due to his limited power.

The Lord is omnipotent, but the living entity is not. The Lord is vibhu, or omniscient, but the living entity is anu, or atomic. Because he is a living soul, he has the capacity to desire by his free will. Such desire is fulfilled only by the omnipotent Lord. And so, when the living entity is bewildered in his desires, the Lord allows him to fulfill those desires, but the Lord is never responsible for the actions and reactions of the particular situation which may be desired.

Being in a bewildered condition, therefore, the embodied soul identifies himself with the circumstantial material body and becomes subjected to the temporary misery and happiness of life. The Lord is the constant companion of the living entity as Paramatma, or the Supersoul, and therefore He can understand the desires of the individual soul, as one can smell the flavor of a flower by being near it.

Desire is a subtle form of conditioning for the living entity. The Lord fulfills his desire as he deserves: Man proposes and God disposes. The individual is not, therefore, omnipotent in fulfilling his desires. The Lord, however, can fulfill all desires, and the Lord, being neutral to everyone, does not interfere with the desires of the minute independent living entities. However, when one desires Krishna, the Lord takes special care and encourages one to desire in such a way that one can attain to Him and be eternally happy.

The Vedic hymns therefore declare, esha u hy eva sadhu karma karayati tam yam ebhyo lokebhya unninishate. esha u evasadhu karma karayati yam adho ninishate: "The Lord engages the living entity in pious activities so that he may be elevated. The Lord engages him in impious activities so that he may go to hell." (Kaushitaki Upanishad 3.8)

Today's Takeaway:

We can't blame God for what happens to us.

We make choices based on the condition of our consciousness, which may be covered or colored in many different ways to greater or lesser degrees.

The Lord is omniscient and all-powerful, but we are not. Because we can desire, we want things we can't get by our own power. Only Krishna is self-sufficient.

When our consciousness is diverted away from Krishna's service, our only course is to try and be happy on our own. But, since that's not our nature, it's like we're asking for things that are unreal, temporary, and contrary to what's actually going to fulfill our deepest needs.

And because Krishna loves us unconditionally, and wants us to love Him unconditionally in return, He sanctions our desires, even though they may take us away from Him.

He never interferes with our free will. When we finally reach the point of material exhaustion, and we start to redevelop our desire for absolute knowledge and permanent happiness, He makes arrangements for us to start our journey back to Him.