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The Entire Cosmos Is Nothing More Than A Play Of Prakriti’s Three Gunaas Or Characteristics
प्रकृत्यैव च कर्माणि क्रियमाणानि सर्वश: |
य: पश्यति तथात्मानमकर्तारं स पश्यति || 13.30||
prakṛityaiva cha karmāṇi kriyamāṇāni sarvaśhaḥ
yaḥ paśhyati tathātmānam akartāraṁ sa paśhyati|| 13.30||
BG – Ch. 13- Ver. 30:
He achieves Brahman when he learns that the multiplicity of beings is established in the one, and that it is merely a development of that one.
The soul is trapped in the samsara of life and death by the ego of being the body and the pride of being the doer. The ego makes us identify with the body in material consciousness, so we attribute the actions of the body to the soul and think, “This is what I’m doing…this is what I’m doing.” The awakened soul, on the other hand, understands that it is only the body that acts when eating, drinking, speaking, walking, and so on. It cannot, however, absolve the body of accountability for its deeds.
Similarly, the soul is responsible for the activities of a living being, even if they are done by the body, mind, and intellect, just as the President is responsible for the country’s choice to go to war, even if he does not fight in it himself. As a result, a spiritual seeker must consider both views.
Verse & what we can learn
Anyone who understands Prakriti’s workings understands that the entire cosmos is nothing more than a play of Prakriti’s three gunaas or characteristics. Tamasic preponderance is seen in inert compounds. Rajasic preponderance causes movement.
Saatvic predominance is the cause of intelligence. These three gunaas are the foundations of the diversity we observe in the universe, and it is these three gunaas that have been evolving, altering, and combining throughout the universe’s timeline. This Prakriti, the three gunaas, is nothing more than Ishvara’s own might.
To lessen our interest in the three gunaas This is how we should think. The three gunaas of Prakriti are responsible for the diversity of the universe and all I perceive. Ishvara has set in action this Prakriti, which is a machine, a mechanism.
But I also know that Ishvara is infinite and all-pervading in his purest form, and that he exists in everyone as the “I,” the self. As a result, all of this variety and diversity is simply an upadhi, or self-conditioning. When I observe diversity, I only perceive Ishvara, the all-encompassing self.
If we can cultivate this attitude, this awareness, and stay rooted in it, we will be able to transfer our emphasis to Ishvara, who is constant, rather than the ever-changing diversity of Prakriti. We will then obtain liberation by being one with the eternal essence, Brahman.
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.
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In the next shloka Shri Krishna states how one can attain the realization of the Brahman.
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