Gita Series – 75: Chapter -VI. Verses 28 – 30

This yogi, who always stands united with the Brahman, becomes devoid of sins and enjoys the eternal bliss of being with the Brahman. When he is united with the omnipresent Brahman, the infinite Consciousness, he understands that all the beings exist in the form of the Brahman and the Brahman assumes shapes and forms of the entire beings. Such a yogi never loses his connection with me (Krishna), nor do I lose sight of him.”

Krishna, after having described the ways of transforming into a yogi, now expounds further on the advantage of establishing oneself with the Brahman. When one’s mind is totally purified, his awareness becomes focused on the Lord. In the state of purified mind, there exists no impression to get his attention distracted from the Lord. He becomes a renounced person. His thought becomes focused and powerful. The Brahman is formless and establishing oneself with the formless Brahman is surely a difficult task to accomplish. But, it is possible with a focused thought and a refined mind. The intellect that he has gained helps him to make further progress in attaining the Brahman. Everything associated with the Lord is the ultimate, be it happiness, knowledge, truth, etc. This is due to the fact that the Brahman is nothing but the embodiment of infinitude.

The Self is eternal and self is perishable. All that is visible to our eyes are bound to disintegrate at a later date. What exists today will not exist forever. The shapes and forms are bound by limitations of time. The Self on the other hand is eternal. It is not perishable. It is Infinite and not bound by anything. No comparison can be drawn between Self and self. Before that Self, self is insignificant. Realizing the connection between the self and Self can be known only through meditation. The connection already exists between the two. But, due to innate ignorance, the connection is not realised. The intellect that has been discussed in the previous verses, make one understand this cosmic link. The one who is involved in materialistic life neither finds time nor inclined to explore the foundational cause of his existence. Innate ignorance prevails over him and makes him to suffer from the pains of transmigration.

The one who has attained knowledge through sacred teachings is able to understand the cause of his existence. He knows that his body is perishable at any point of time. He also realizes that the Brahman alone is imperishable and eternal and not bound by time. This yogi understands that both animate and inanimate things originate from Him and dissolve unto Him. By his knowledge and practice, the yogi further strengthens the connection between the Lord and his self. By firmly establishing himself in this connection, the yogi gradually progresses towards the infinitude of the Brahman. As he nears Him, he attains His attributes. Such a well developed yogi never loses his awareness of the Brahman in whose effulgence he remains always immersed and experiences perpetual bliss. Hitherto, the yogi has not experienced this kind of ultimate of happiness. He walks and talks and even in those times, he never loses his connection with the Lord. His capacity to visualize the formless Brahman has fructified and he is getting ready for liberation. The Lord always notices him and never loses his sight as He distinctly remembers that his soul is ripe enough for final liberation.

The knowledge of sacred writings can be of help only in the initial stages of spirituality. They provide foundational impetus to transform a person from religion oriented to Spirit oriented. The yogi, who has advanced through this transformation, still identifies himself with his perishable body, but disassociated his thought from his body. His thoughts already filled with eternal bliss and he has no time, interest or ability to nurture his body beyond the requisite level to exhaust the balance in his karmic account. Liberation is not possible where there is a balance in one’s karmic account.