Gyaneshwari 190

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


Wisdom and Knowledge

3. Among thousands of men one perhaps strives for perfection; and even among those who strive and become perfect, rare is the person who knows Me in truth. Really among thousands only a few wish to attain to this wisdom and among these, there is rarely one who comes to know Me (6-10).

When after carefully selecting every soldier in this world, an army is organized hundred thousand strong, and when the soldiers of this army receive blows of weapons, only one among them comes out victorious, so thousands of persons leap into the flood of God-realization, but hardly one reaches the further shore. This wisdom is not ordinary, but extraordinary knowledge. I shall explain it to you later, but now I shall tell you about worldly knowledge.

4. Earth, water, fire, air, space, mind, intellect and egoism - these constitute My eightfold nature. O Partha, give me your attention. Just as the body has a shadow, these principles such as mahat are My Maya (11-15).

This is called prakriti, which consists of eight different parts. All the three worlds are produced by this prakriti. If you ask me what these eight parts are, I shall explain them in detail. Earth, water, wind, fire and space, mind, intellect and egoism are these different parts.