Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 44

भोगैश्वर्यप्रसक्तानां तयापहृतचेतसाम् ।
व्यवसायात्मिका बुद्धिः समाधौ न विधीयते ॥२-४४॥

bhogaishvaryaprasaktanam taya apahritachetasam
vyavasayatmika buddhin samadhau na vidhiyate  ॥ 2-44 ॥



The teachings of Lord Krishna in Geeta chapter 2 verse 44 were blunt and clear. Human beings indulging in sense enjoyments, those attracted by riches of material world are easily prone to flowery words of religious preachers who advocate reaching swarga (Heaven) was ultimate goal of life on mother earth. The mind of such travelers of path of Sakaam karma yoga all the time delighted, rejoiced in everything material never ever truly realizing abstract truths of life that lay hidden in various scriptures of Hinduism including Vedas (Hinduism revelations).


Such human beings, travelers of path of Sakaam karma yoga… devoid of determinate intellect (buddhi) failed to conceive concept of Samadhi in Parmatman (Brahman in Hinduism). Those pursuing path of rituals, those failing to contemplate spiritual principles of life… never realized anything relating to our true inner self… our soul atman, the spirit within! It was only through power of discrimination, human beings finally reached, realized… unveiled hidden cosmic truths of life! Remaining on first-floor of empire state building, one could never conceive, perceive entire state of New York!


If we truly desire seeing whole of New York in entirety, our reaching top floor of empire state building was necessitated! In field of pure spirituality, our buddhi (intellect) must finally conclusively arrive at the final truth of life that God Almighty (Brahman) was the only truth of life. Other than God Almighty (Brahman) nothing exists in cosmos. Such a precept, such a concept was beyond catch of travelers of path of Sakaam karma yoga who hankered after fruits of karma performed all the time. Concepts of Vedas (Hinduism revelations) were all the time misinterpreted by such Sakaam karma yogis.


The Explanation

Through Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 verse 44, Lord Krishna makes it apparent to mankind that God could never be reached via path of Sakaam karma yoga. Why? Hankering after fruits of karma performed was ephemeral, never related to workings of spiritual world! A true seeker of spirituality who partly realized that essence of life always laid in walking path of nishkama karma yoga (one who offered fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time) one day finally reached god. Such travelers of spiritual path were all the time immune to happenings of ephemeral world.


A true traveler of spiritual path could never be motivated by any form of desire. One who realized that our soul atman, the spirit within was the ultimate controlling factor of life in cosmic system… always indulged in karma nishkama karma way. When journey of life belonged to our soul atman, the spirit within… fruits of karma performed by human beings also belonged to our soul atman, the spirit within! As souls’ atmans could not purify self of its own… they need a medium, a body to work out its karma… remove dross impurities within!


We must never forget human form was the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle! It was only in human form our soul atman, the spirit within finally reached stage of absolute purity! Remaining engrossed in path of Sakaam karma yoga all the time was feigning ignorance in matters spiritual. Such travelers of religious path (path of rituals) easily got swayed and believed going to swarga (Heaven) was the ultimate goal of life. There never realize that unless we developed, concentrated all our efforts towards the only truth of life, our intellect (buddhi) would keep wandering in all directions.


The mind of a human being was primarily controlled by senses and sense objects. There was never a limitation to desires that could be pursued by human beings. Unless we succeed in establishing absolute control over five senses and mind… we could never overpower mind! The wavering mind of human beings ran in every direction all the time. To tame mind, we need controlling our desires. Control on desires was a slow step-by-step process. If Swami Vivekananda could do it… so can we! If Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana could do it… so could others!


When ultimate goal of life on mother earth was reaching god in present life… it is in our interest as a human being to follow cosmic truths of life, path of nishkama karma yoga all the time to reach god in present life! We need living life as a trustee, as lived by JRD Tata all his life! Not for a moment in entire life did JRD Tata (man of steel) think that he owned the entire Tata enterprise, Tata Empire! He always said… he was only an instrument in hands of God Almighty, doing his bidding all the time! The owner of everything cosmic, everything ephemeral was God Almighty.


It was but for human beings to obey God Almighty all the time by hearing the sweet small inner voice of their soul atman, that seems to come from within their heart! This voice of our soul atman, the spirit within was Lord Krishna talking to us all the time. By neglecting Lord Krishna, by lending more credibility to our ego within… we became a slave of material world! The voice of Lord Krishna can only be heard by one who remains truthful all the time. Not even a single untruth on path of pure spirituality was permitted. If we really wanted to follow dictates of our soul atman, the spirit within… we had to practice absolute truthfulness all the time. This is something most Indians failed to follow throughout their life.


In the circumstances… no matter how many times we read Bhagavad Gita or Upanishads… even Vedas, nothing ever becomes clear to us! It was for this primal reason most human beings on mother earth, travelers of religious or spiritual path failed to understand teachings contained in various sacred scriptures of different religions of world. More authentic books on spirituality have been authored by writers in West than in Bharatvarsha (present India). Why? People in West primarily followed path of absolute truthfulness all the time. The glow on their faces said it all. On the contrary, Indian situation was deeply affected by prejudices and dogmas prevalent in Indian society.


Walking path of truthfulness was not difficult. If people in West can do it… so could we! Why ape path of material comforts in life when essence of life laid elsewhere! Anyone world over wanting to reach god in present life must become absolutely truthful life. Only then we could circumvent cosmic journey of life by reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation… last in cosmic life cycle! This becomes possible when human beings finally reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) in their lifetime. The moment an enlightened one left mortal frame… one attained moksha salvation forever!


Allegorically, chapter 2 verse 44 of Bhagavad Gita conveys only one meaning… dissuade self from pursuing ephemeral riches, desires so that our intellect (buddhi) finally rests on only reality of life… God Almighty (Brahman) was the only entity in cosmic system worth pursuing all the time. This wholehearted concentration becomes a reality when we pursued, travelled path of nishkama karma yoga (offering fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time). There was nothing nobler than becoming a nishkama karma Yogi in pursuit of God Almighty. That was how God Almighty ordained life on mother earth to be.


Essence of life contained in Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads… even Vedas immediately dawns on us, moment we became truthful and pursued path of nishkama karma yoga. Ever since six years of age… I have remained truthful all my life! So much so, even if God Almighty himself came disguised to sway me from path of absolute truthfulness… I would have not! From this young age my faith in God Almighty was absolute… hundred percent! I could hear the sweet small inner voice of my soul atman, the spirit within from a very young age. Prompted by Lord Krishna from within, I continued my search of God totally unhindered at all stages of life!


In the wee hours of third of Aug 1993, at 37 years of age, I finally reached God, realized God forever! This is my last manifestation on mother earth… 8.4 millionth manifestation! Nowhere else to go further… moment I leave my mortal frame, I shall but attain moksha salvation!


Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – Oct 2, 2014

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