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Those Who Grow To Recognize God As The Supreme Soul Present In All Beings Begin To Live Their Lives In Accordance With This Understanding
समं पश्यन्हि सर्वत्र समवस्थितमीश्वरम् |
न हिनस्त्यात्मनात्मानं ततो याति परां गतिम् || 13.29||
samaṁ paśhyan hi sarvatra samavasthitam īśhvaram
na hinasty ātmanātmānaṁ tato yāti parāṁ gatim|| 13.29||
BG – Ch. 13- Ver. 29:
Those who recognise God as the Supreme Soul, equally present everywhere and in all living beings do not let their minds degrade them. As a result, they arrive at the ultimate destination.
The mind is by nature a pleasure seeker, and as a product of material energy, it is naturally drawn to material pleasures. We become degraded into deeper and deeper material consciousness if we follow our mind’s impulses. The only way to stop this descent is to use the intellect to keep the mind in check. True knowledge must be given to the mind in order for this to happen.
Those who grow to recognise God as the Supreme Soul present in all beings begin to live their lives in accordance with this understanding. They no longer pursue personal gain and pleasure in their interpersonal connections. They do not become connected to others because of the good they do for them, nor do they despise them because of the harm they cause.
Instead, they retain a healthy attitude of respect and service toward others, considering everyone as a portion of God. When they sense the presence of God in others, they instinctively stop from mistreating, cheating, or insulting them. Nationality, creed, caste, sex, status, and colour, all of which were created by humans, become irrelevant. As a result of perceiving God in all living beings, they elevate their minds and eventually accomplish the ultimate goal.
Verse & what we can learn
Shri Krishna claims that anyone who has properly understood the Gita’s teachings understands that actions, reactions, emotions, thought, and logic all occur in the world of Prakriti. We should progressively lose interest in Prakriti, which is nothing more than an Ishvara-owned machine.
If this idea sinks in, the daily shocks of the world will gradually lose their power to disturb us. We shall give our all to our obligations so that we might exhaust our selfish wants, but we will leave the reactions and outcomes to Ishvara because everything happens in his Prakriti.
Our fascination with Prakriti can be reduced by increasing our fascination with Ishvara. We do this by listening to Ishvara’s stories, attending satsanga, and mingling with Ishvara followers. The Gita offers chapters on Ishvara’s vibhootis’ splendour that can be read as daily meditations. We eventually come to see the entire cosmos as a portion of Ishvara’s universal shape, vishvaroopa.
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.
Even if we become detached from Prakriti’s acts, our senses are still captivated by the variety, colour, form, and diversity it creates. What are our options for dealing with this part of Prakriti? The following Shloka is covered by Shri Krishna.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…