Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 13: Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhag Yogam, Verse 13:

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ज्ञेयं यत्तत्प्रवक्ष्यामि यज्ज्ञात्वामृतमश्रुते |
अनादिमत्परं ब्रह्म न सत्तन्नासदुच्यते || 13.13||

jñeyaṁ yat tat pravakṣhyāmi yaj jñātvāmṛitam aśhnute
anādi mat-paraṁ brahma na sat tan nāsad uchyate|| 13.13||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 13- Ver. 13:

It is established in all worlds, pervading all, with hands and legs everywhere, eyes, heads, and mouths everywhere, and ears everywhere.


Day and night are like two halves of the same coin, as neither can exist without the other. We can only say it is day at a location if darkness also falls there. However, if there is no night, there is no day; only everlasting light exists. Similarly, the term “existence” is insufficient in describing Brahman. According to Shree Krishna, Brahman exists outside of the relative notions of being and non-existence.

The jnanis worship the Brahman in its formless and attributeless state. It is the object of adoration for the bhaktas in its personal form as Bhagavan. It is termed as Paramatma because it resides within the body. These three forms are all manifestations of the same Supreme Reality.

The Supreme Entity has two aspects: the formless Brahman and the personal form of God. Both can be described as all-pervasive because they exist everywhere. Shree Krishna illustrates the contradictory traits that manifest in God by referring to these.

Verse & what we can learn

To us, the eternal essence is known as “the knowable.” It is now common to see action and sentience — the ability to perceive things in all living species. As a result, Shri Krishna claims that we should identify the existence of the everlasting essence everywhere we perceive motion in living beings, the phrase “hands and legs” is a metaphor for this. Furthermore, everywhere we sense sentience in living beings, symbolically indicated by the words “eyes, heads, mouths, and ears,” we should perceive the existence of the everlasting essence.

According to Shri Krishna, the eternal essence is present everywhere. In other words, all living species in all worlds have only one eternal essence that functions through their organs of knowledge and action, and one organ does not prevent the eternal essence from working in another.

To acquire knowledge and to implement that knowledge in life one needs to be mentally and physically active and healthy and for that daily meditation is a great tool.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There is also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

Shri Krishna proceeds one step farther in the next shloka after establishing the starting point for discovering the eternal essence.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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