Gyaneshwari 647

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar


Three Kinds of Faith

You are never seen in the vicinity of those who meditate upon you; but the one who loses his body-consciousness in such meditation becomes dear to you. He who does not know your eternally self-same nature, shows himself off as all-knowing. Even when the all-knowing Vedas propound you, you do not lend your ears to them. From your rashi (sign of the zodiac) in which you were born, may be you have received the name of mouni i.e. the silent one. Then how can I aspire to sing your praise? Whatever is perceptible is all your Maya, an illusion; how then can I worship you (11-15)?

If I wish to be your servant, I become liable to the charge of considering myself distinct from you. So it is best not to do anything for you. It is only when one drops all notions of duality, then one attains to your non-dual nature. O my Master, who are adorable one, I have now come to know this secret of yours. You should accept my obeisance, like water, which does not regard salt as separate from it, but allows it to get dissolved in it. What more can I say? An earthen pitcher dipped in water, comes out brimful with water. When the wick comes into contact with the lamp, it becomes the lamp itself. In that way, O my Master, I have attained fulfillment, by bowing to you. Now I shall proceed with the interpretation of the Gita (16-20).

The Lord concluded, in the last stanza of Chapter sixteen, that the scripture should be accepted as the sole authority, to determine what is proper to be done and what is not. Then Arjuna said to himself, “How is this? Is there no other way of undertaking action without reference to the scripture?