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If We Identify With Prakriti, We Must Accept All Of Its Laws, Which Include Birth, Death, Reincarnation, Joy, And Sadness, Among Others
नान्यं गुणेभ्य: कर्तारं यदा द्रष्टानुपश्यति |
गुणेभ्यश्च परं वेत्ति मद्भावं सोऽधिगच्छति || 14.19||
nānyaṁ guṇebhyaḥ kartāraṁ yadā draṣhṭānupaśhyati
guṇebhyaśh cha paraṁ vetti mad-bhāvaṁ so ’dhigachchhati || 14.19||
BG – Ch. 14- Ver. 19:
The beholder attains my nature when he sees no other doer but the gunas and understands himself as transcending the gunas.
After revealing the intricate workings of the three gunas, Shree Krishna now demonstrates the simple remedy to their enslavement. The three gunas have control over all living entities in the world, and as a result, the gunas are active agents in all of the planet’s activities. The Supreme Lord, on the other hand, is beyond them. As a result, he is referred to as tri-gunatit. All of God’s qualities, including his names, forms, virtues, pastimes, abodes, and saints, are tri-gunatit.
When we focus our minds on any individual or item inside the world of the three gunas, the corresponding colour on our mind and intellect increases. When we connect our minds to the divine realm, however, they transcend the gunas and become divine. Those who grasp this idea begin to weaken their bonds with worldly items and people while strengthening their bonds with God and the Guru through bhakti. This allows them to rise above the three gunas and acquire God’s divine nature.
Verse & what we can learn
If we identify with Prakriti, which is nothing more than the three gunas, we must accept all of its laws, which include birth, death, reincarnation, joy, and sadness, among others. We must realize that we neither accomplish anything nor experience the consequences of our activities. Prakriti is the source of all action and reaction. We realize that we have erroneously taken action and response upon ourselves once we establish ourselves as a witness. If we identify with Prakriti, which is nothing more than the three gunas, we must accept all of its laws, which include birth, death, reincarnation, joy, and sadness, among others.
During our waking hours, Prakriti will be tangible and visible to us. The three gunas of Prakriti make up the entire cosmos, including the body with which we are identified. Despite the fact that it seems to us as a reality, Prakriti will be unable to bind us to its laws once we identify it for what it is: an illusion. We will see Prakriti as Ishvara sees Prakriti, as a detached spectator, after we are able to rise above affiliation with the three gunas. When we understand our identification with Ishvara in this way, we will achieve emancipation and self-realization.
To acquire knowledge and 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 verse Shri Krishna explains about three modes of material nature associated with body.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…