Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 14: Guṇa Traya Vibhāga Yogam, Verse 11:

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When We Witness Brightness Or Knowledge Emanating From A Person, We Should Know We’re In The Company Of A Very Sattvic Individual

सर्वद्वारेषु देहेऽस्मिन्प्रकाश उपजायते |
ज्ञानं यदा तदा विद्याद्विवृद्धं सत्त्वमित्युत || 14.11||

sarva-dvāreṣhu dehe ’smin prakāśha upajāyate
jñānaṁ yadā tadā vidyād vivṛiddhaṁ sattvam ity uta|| 14.11||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 13- Ver. 11:

When brilliant awareness shines through all of this body’s gates, one can be sure that sattva has substantially enlarged.


Shree Krishna explains how the three modes affect one’s thinking once more. Sattva guna promotes the growth of qualities as well as the enlightenment of knowledge. Rajo guna causes avarice, excessive effort in pursuit of worldly goals, and mental restlessness. Tamo guna causes intellectual illusion, sloth, and a tendency for drinking and violence.

Many transcendentalists are on the way to spiritual self-realization, but those who are not yet there cannot see how things are changing in the living entity’s body. In this context, the word yoginah is significant. In today’s world, there are many so-called yogis and so-called yogi associations, yet they are actually blind when it comes to self-realization.

yatanto ‘py akrtatmanah yatanto ‘py akrtatmanah yatanto ‘py They are not self-realized, despite their efforts in a so-called yoga system. Such people are unable to comprehend the process of soul transmigration. Only bhakti-yogis, those engaged in pure devotional service who have realized the self, the world, and the Supreme Lord, in other words, those who are genuinely in the yoga system and have realized the self, the world, and the Supreme Lord, can grasp what is going on.

Verse & what we can learn

When we witness brightness or wisdom radiating from a person, Shri Krishna adds, we should know we are in the presence of a very sattvic person. The word “dvaara”, it alludes to our sensory organs, which serve as our portals to the outside world.

Although our sense organs are designed to receive stimuli from the outside world, they can also communicate our internal state to others. Our eyes, in particular, can reveal our thoughts. Our eyes, for example, will wander if our minds are roaming. The sensory organs, particularly the eyes, radiate brightness in a sattvic individual.

People who are highly sattvic exude calmness and peace. If we are close to them, we can sense their tranquilly, and if we are viewing them on a screen, we can pick up on their calmness. Their inner glow, the light of their everlasting essence, shines through because they are free of dirt in the form of selfishness.

When we see an increase in clarity of thought, we should know that sattva is prominent in our mind, and we are in a sattvic condition. We are in a sattvic condition when our minds are keen and awake, and we don’t let anything slip in our personal and professional life.

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 Rajasik gunas.

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

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