IS LIKE A TREE CREATED BY THE POWERS OF MAYA
Krishna said: The universe (or human body) may be compared to an
eternal tree that has its origin (or root) in the Supreme Being
and its branches below in the cosmos. The Vedic hymns are the leaves
of this tree. One who understands this tree is a knower of the Vedas.
branches of this eternal tree are spread all over the cosmos. The
tree is nourished by the energy of material Nature; sense pleasures
are its sprouts; and its roots of ego and desires stretch below
in the human world causing Karmic bondage.
TO CUT THE TREE OF ATTACHMENT AND ATTAIN SALVATION BY TAKING REFUGE
beginning, the end, or the real form of this tree is not perceptible
on the earth. Having cut the firm roots ¾ the desires ¾
of this tree by the mighty ax of Self-knowledge and detachment,
one should seek that Supreme Abode reaching where one does not come
back to the mortal world again. One should be always thinking: "In
that very primal person I take refuge from which this primal manifestation
who are free from pride and delusion, who have conquered the evil
of attachment, who are constantly dwelling in the Supreme Being
with all lust completely stilled, who are free from dualities of
pleasure and pain; such wise ones reach My Supreme Abode.
sun does not illumine My Supreme Abode, nor the moon, nor the fire.
Having reached there people attain permanent liberation (Mukti),
and do not come back to this temporal world.
EMBODIED SOUL IS THE ENJOYER
individual soul (Jiva, Jivatma) in the body of living beings is
the integral part of the universal Spirit, or consciousness. The
individual soul associates with the six sensory faculties ¾
including the mind ¾ of perception and activates them.
as the air takes aroma away from the flower; similarly, the individual
soul takes the six sensory faculties from the physical body it casts
off during death to the new physical body it acquires in reincarnation.
living entity enjoys sense pleasures using six sensory faculties
of hearing, touch, sight, taste, smell, and mind. The ignorant cannot
perceive living entity departing from the body, or staying in the
body and enjoying sense pleasures by associating with the material
body. But those who have the eye of Self-knowledge can see it.
yogis, striving for perfection, behold the living entity abiding
in their inner psyche as consciousness; but the ignorant whose inner
psyche is not pure, cannot perceive Him even though striving.
IS THE ESSENCE OF EVERYTHING
light energy that coming from the sun illumines the whole world;
and that in the moon, and in the fire; know that light to be Mine.
the earth, I support all beings with My energy; becoming the sap-giving
moon, I nourish all the plants.
the digestive fire, I remain in the body of all living beings; uniting
with vital breaths or bioimpulses, I digest all types of food; and
am seated in the inner psyche of all beings. The memory, Self-knowledge,
and the removal of doubts and wrong notions about God come from
Me. I am verily that which is to be known by the study of all the
Vedas. I am, indeed, the author as well as the student of the Vedas.
ARE THE SUPREME SPIRIT, SPIRIT AND THE INDIVIDUAL SOUL?
are two entities in the cosmos: The changeable Temporal Beings,
and the unchangeable Eternal Being (Spirit). All created beings
are subject to change, but the Spirit does not change.
Supreme Being is beyond both ¾ the Temporal Beings and the
Eternal Being. He is also called the Absolute Reality that sustains
both the Temporal and the Eternal by pervading everything.
the Supreme Being is beyond both Temporal and Eternal; therefore,
He is known in this world and in the scriptures as the Supreme Being
(Absolute Reality, Truth, Supersoul)
wise one who truly understands the Supreme Being, knows everything
and worships Him wholeheartedly.
this most secret transcendental science of the Absolute has been
explained by Me. Having understood this, one becomes enlightened,
and one’s all duties are accomplished, O Arjuna.