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Realizing the Divine and Showing Ways to Achieve it is the Essence of all Divine Scripts
यावानर्थ उदपाने सर्वत: सम्प्लुतोदके |
तावान्सर्वेषु वेदेषु ब्राह्मणस्य विजानत: || 2.46||
yāvān artha udapāne sarvataḥ samplutodake
tāvānsarveṣhu vedeṣhu brāhmaṇasya vijānataḥ|| 2.46||
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 46:
Whatever purpose a tiny well of water serves, a vast lake will naturally serve in every way. In the same way, realizing the Absolute Truth fulfils the goal of all the Vedas.
The Vedas have 100,000 mantras that describe a huge variety of rites, activities, prayers, celebrations, and wisdom pearls. All of these are offered with one goal in mind: to aid in the union of the soul with God.
The purpose of all Vedic mantras, ritualistic activities, spiritual practices, sacrifices, knowledge acquisition, and duty fulfillment is to assist the soul in reaching God’s divine feet.
However, just as a prescription pill is often sugar-coated to make it more pleasant, the Vedas provide material allurements to entice materially-minded people. The overarching goal is to assist the soul in gradually distancing itself from the world and becoming more devoted to God. As a result, everyone who connects their consciousness to God is instantly accomplishing the goal of all Vedic chants.
Shri Krishna says “The Vedas prescribe varieties of social and ritualistic duties for individuals. But those who grasp their underlying motive, and rejecting all intermediate instructions, wholeheartedly fulfill their duty toward me, I consider them to be the highest devotees.”
When we were little, we all had a strong desire for toys. However, there came a time when most of us outgrown toys as we began to consider more important issues such as professional goals and dreams. As a result, all toys, from a basic spinning top to an expensive model aeroplane, began to look the same to us, regardless of price, form, size, colour, brand, or other factors. Similarly, Shri Krishna claims that once our thoughts are of high quality, that is, if they are related to our svadharma and spiritual contemplation, we will naturally senseless desire for external pleasure and delight.
As a result, according to this shloka, one who maintains equanimity at all times will have learned everything there is to know about the material world and will begin to transcend earthly things and knowledge.
Extensive rites are prescribed in the Vedas to assist a specific class of individuals in withdrawing from worldly entanglements and establishing themselves in the higher. It is, however, of no benefit if performed mechanically without understanding the objective of the rites. A Karma Yogi devotes his or her entire being to rituals to be inspired by spiritual pursuits. Bhaktas utilise chants to deepen their devotion to the Lord. To evolve spiritually, a Jnani studies the philosophy of the Upanishads, the final section of the Vedas.
An enlightened Soul has transcended the earth after achieving the aim of Realization. He does not need the Vedas, which are part of the world. Even if only in a relative sense, the previous rituals become obsolete as you progress along the spiritual path. As a result, don’t cling to rituals, chants, or knowledge.
They belong to the world. Your ambition is far-reaching. Maintain your focus and aim. Do not become involved in any activities. Do not be seduced by the Vedas’ literary beauty, enticing music, or enthralling knowledge. They aren’t necessary. You must discard the texts for the fourth plane of Consciousness in the same way that you discard the husk and eat rice.
Spiritual progress has nothing to do with rituals, prayers, or knowledge. They lose their significance once you obtain knowledge of self. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was an enlightened Master who lacked wisdom.
The pond stated in this verse reflects the body’s, mind’s, and intellect’s activities. Water represents spiritual evolution’s tranquilly and happiness. The Vedas are a collection of texts that reflect knowledge. Physical joys, emotional thrills, and intellectual delights are no longer required after you have attained the bliss of Realization.
You can only be successful and happy if you sacrifice your selfishness on the altar of a higher objective. This is a legal requirement. Desires fade away when you transcend above selfishness. You progress spiritually.
Verse & what we can learn
Our focus should be on the purpose behind the rituals, but not just on the ritual itself.
The main goal of all the divine scriptures is to take us near God but not to entangle us in rituals.
When one devotes more time to look inside and meditate daily it helps us to go beyond the name and form of God and know him as he is. There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are 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, Lord Shri Krishna talks about action, duties, rights and results.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…