Gita Rahasya -Tilak 267

Karma Yoga Sastra -Tilak


Continually observing this Equability of Mind towards all created beings in the performance of all bodily, vocal, or mental Actions is know as the ‘nityamuktavastha’ (state of perpetual Release), ‘purna-yoga’ (perfect Yoga), or ‘siddhavastha’ (the state of a perfect being). The saint Jnanesvara, in commenting on the description of the Devotee in the twelfth chapter of the Gita [1]says:

Oh, Partha that man in whom I
        There is no trace of differentiation I
Who, both friend and foe I looks upon as alike II
Lighting his own house I
            And leaving the house of another in darkness
Is a thing which he does not d, o, Pandava I
       He is like a light II
To the one who deals the blow to cut I
       And to the one who planted it I
It (the tree) gives both shelter I
      He is like the tree II[2]

And earlier in the same chapter, in commenting on the 13th stanza twelfth chapter of the Gita, he Says: Supporting the best I rejecting the worst I

Is a thing which he does not do I
       he is like the earth II
Activating the body of a kingI
       And refusing to activate the body of a poor man I
Is a thing which the Prana (Vital Force) does not do I
       So is he ; he is kind II
Slaking the thirst of a cow I
        And becoming a poison to kill a tiger’
Is a thing which water does not do I
        He is like the water II
Towards all created beings I

he is friendly, looking upon all as one l
       He is kind to all I

with a sense of equability II
     He does not know the word ' I ' I

he does not say of anything that it is ‘mine’
    Experience of pain and happiness I
for him there is none II[3]

And Jnanesvara has thus, by giving numerous illustrations,, and in very sweet and attractive language, described ia Marathi the equability of the Brahmified man ; and we may safely say, that this description contains a summary of the description of the Brahmi state given in four different places in the Gita. This is what is to be ultimately acquired by Spiritual Knowledge.


References And Context

  1. (Gi. 12. 18)
  2. (Jna. 12. 197-99)
  3. (Jna. 12. 145-149)