Gyaneshwari 241

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


The Imperishable Brahman

28. Whatever reward the Vedas assign to ritual, austerities and almsgiving, the yogi knowingly transcends them all and attains the Supreme primal state. Whatever fruit is attained by studying the Vedas or by performing Yoga or by practicing austerities, or by giving in charity, even if it is done in abundance, it does not bear comparison with the pure bliss of Brahman. When the joy of heaven, acquired through Vedic sacrifices, is weighed against the eternal bliss, it does not seem less. Since it does not wilt or come to an end and gives full satisfaction, it appears to the ignorant to have kinship with the Supreme bliss. Even though this joy of heaven is sensual, it depends on providence and so cannot be acquired by performing even hundred sacrifices (261-265).

When the great yogi, by his keen and extraordinary insight, weighs it against bliss, he finds it trifling. Then, O Arjuna, by making this heavenly joy his footstep, he mounts the seat of the Supreme Brahman. Thus, spoke to Arjuna, Lord Krishna, the glory of the Yadu race, who is the destiny of moving and nonmoving beings, the object of worship of Shankara and Brahma, the treasure enjoyed by the yogis, the promoter of all arts, the Supreme bliss in human form, the sap of the universe and the source of all knowledge (266-270).

So Sanjaya gave to king Dhritarashtra the news of Kurukshetra. Shri Jnanadeva says, listen to the events that followed (271).