The way to eternal Brahman

In chapter 8 of the Gita Arjuna asks: ‘Tell me, Krishna, what Brahman is. What is the Atman, and what is the creative energy of Brahman? Explain the nature of this relative world, and of the individual man. Who is God who presides over action in this body, and how does He dwell here? How are you revealed at the hour of death to those whose consciousness is united with you?’

Sri Krishna replies: ‘Brahman is that which is immutable, and independent of any cause but Itself. When we consider Brahman as lodged within the individual being, we call Him Atman. The creative energy of Brahman is that which causes all existence to come into being. The nature of the relative world is mutality. The nature of the individual man is his consciousness of ego. I alone am God who presides over action, here in this body. At the hour of death, when a man leaves his body, he must depart with his consciousness absorbed in me. Then he will be united with me. Be certain of that. Whatever a man remembers at the last, when he is leaving his body, will be realised by him in the hereafter; because that will be what his mind has most constantly dwelt on during this life. Therefore you must remember me at all times, and do your duty. If your mind and heart are set on me constantly, you will come to me. Never doubt this. Make a habit of practising meditation, and do not let your mind be distracted. In this way you will come finally to the Lord, who is the light-giver, the highest of the high.’

It makes sense, doesn’t it? If we meditate, and if we dwell on the yoga teachings, they will be uppermost in our minds at all times. We will refer to them with each decision. We will be comforted by them at times of difficulty. We will live our yoga, and live a yoga way of life.

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