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The Knowledge Of One’s Own Self Is The Knowledge Of One’s Own Subject, One’s Own “I”
परं भूय: प्रवक्ष्यामि ज्ञानानां ज्ञानमुत्तमम् |
यज्ज्ञात्वा मुनय: सर्वे परां सिद्धिमितो गता: || 14.1||
paraṁ bhūyaḥ pravakṣhyāmi jñānānāṁ jñānam uttamam
yaj jñātvā munayaḥ sarve parāṁ siddhim ito gatāḥ|| 14.1||
BG – Ch. 14- Ver. 1:
I’ll talk about the highest knowledge, which is superior to all other knowledge once more. All the sages liberated from here have accomplished the highest accomplishment now that they know this.
Shree Krishna revealed in the previous chapter that all life forms are made up of a mix of soul and matter. He also stated that material nature is in charge of constructing the purusha’s range of action soul. He went on to say that this does not happen on its own, but rather under the guidance of the Supreme Lord, who is likewise sitting within the living being’s body. He goes on to explain the three-fold aspects of material nature the gunas in depth in this chapter. We can achieve the utmost perfection by learning this information and integrating it into our consciousness as realized wisdom.
Verse & what we can learn
The supreme self, which is our actual nature, connects with one body inside Prakriti or Maya and takes on the form of the Purusha. When it is captivated by the three gunaas of Prakriti, it becomes trapped in Prakriti. This chapter is used by Shri Krishna to explain the nature of the three gunaas, their qualities, their effects, and their solution in great detail.
This shloka is written in the form of “anubandha chatushtaya,” which refers to a text’s four-fold curriculum. It systematically lists the chapter’s subject matter, the student who is competent to study this chapter, the chapter’s purpose, and the subject’s relevance to the goal. The topic is brahmavidyaa, which means “brahman knowledge.”
This chapter is suitable for those who are munis, or those who have a thoughtful mind. The purpose of this chapter is to achieve the highest achievement possible: freedom from sadness. The aim is reached when we recognize Brahman as our own self. This is the relationship between the subject matter and the chapter’s objective.
It is always knowledge about someone, something, a substance, a notion, a technique, or anything else that can be accessible by the senses and the mind. The knowledge of the self, on the other hand, is that which discloses what the subject is, what the “I” is. Shri Krishna must reiterate the necessity of this knowledge in order to eliminate this hard conditioning, this deep programming within us.
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.
In the next shloka Shri Krishna talks about wisdom.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…