Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 184

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 7
Jnyaana vijnyaana Yoga

Tatparya Nirnaya :- Of innumerable Jivas only few ever endeavor and among them only few are delivered, even among such delivered ones only few like four-faced Brahma and Rudra know Sri Hari in entirety, thus in Padma Puraana. Even among the hundred thousand delivered ones only few are those who realize that Sriman Narayana is the ultimate refuge, thus, in Bhagavat Puraana. All the delivered ones are the devotees of Sri Hari, Brahma being the foremost of them. Therefore for the devoted Jivas, Sri Vishnu is said to be the best, thus in Sat-Tatva scripture.
4 – 5 - 6. Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Ether, Mind, Intellect and Ego-sense - these are the eightfold divisions of My nature. These are my lower (manifestations). Know My other nature which is the higher. This one upholds the world of creatures, O Arjuna. This is the womb which upholds all the creatures and I am the origin of the world and of the dissolution as well.
Bhashya :- Reiterates the wisdom about the Lord again. Mahat is the ego-sense referred here as inclusive of the I-sense. Apra is that which is not the supreme one. Sri Devi dwelling in all the creatures as the custodian of life, exists as the consciousness of the creatures as well - etnmahd\ BaUtma\ are the words used in the scriptures.
Prakriti is the dual manifestation of the Lord, gross and subtle. The gross forms of Prakriti are the eight unmanifest ones - five elements, Mahat, Intellect and the Mind. They are lower forms of Sri Devi in which she manifests. The subtle form of hers is eternal and is all pervading consciousness. Similar to Her, there is no one else dear to Sri Vishnu, the Supreme Self. She is the consort of Sriman Narayana and mother of (the four-faced) Brahma. Through these two forms (of Sri Devi) all this world is energized by Sri Hari, thus in Narada Puraana.