यदा ते मोहकलिलं बुद्धिर्व्यतितरिष्यति ।
तदा गन्तासि निर्वेदं श्रोतव्यस्य श्रुतस्य च ॥२-५२॥
yada hi mohakalilam buddhir vyatitarishyati
tada gantasi nirvedam shrotavyasya shrutasya cha ॥ 2-52 ॥
Through Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 verse 52 Lord Srikrishna highlights to Arjuna the biggest impediment on path of pure spirituality… Moha (extreme emotional attachment) towards loved ones! Even in battle of Mahabharata (dharma yuddha), Moha (extreme emotional attachment) demonstrated by Arjuna seemed the biggest hurdle in waging war against evil Kauravas. In times of need, in times of tribulation, strife… waging war of dharma (righteousness) was the call of day! Still, Arjuna was hesitant to start the war, due to his Moha (extreme emotional attachment) towards his maternal grandfather Bhishma Pitamah and guru Dronacharya. Dharma yuddha (war of righteousness) was never wanting.
As detailed by Lord Krishna to Arjuna… he was duty-bound to fight this war of dharma (righteousness)! On path of pure spirituality, when a seeker decides to go in search of god, his biggest dilemma arose when confronted with bondages of earthly life. It was difficult to kill our relationship forever with parents, brothers and sisters… close relatives and friends! On path of pure spirituality all earthly relationships always come to roost! For a spiritual traveler… the whole world finally becomes one large family! Cutting across shackles of Moha (extreme emotional attachment) needs bulldog determination, the willpower exhibited by Maharishi Ramana and Swami Vivekananda!
Both these spiritual stalwarts left their family midway in search of god. Yet, their decision was not wrong! Maharishi Ramana reached god in his lifetime. Swami Vivekananda refused point blank to his spiritual master Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa to gain enlightenment in his lifetime. When Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa asked Swami Vivekananda why he had come to him if the goal of his life was not gaining enlightenment, Swami Vivekananda politely replied… he only wanted to confirm presence of God! Swami Vivekananda could have easily gained enlightenment in his lifetime if he truly wanted to. Cutting earthly ties truly was heart-wrenching, heartrending.
In geeta chapter 2 verse 52 Sri Krishna tells Arjuna that if he succeeds in overpowering Moha (extreme emotional attachment) forever, then he would easily cross ocean of Samsara (worldly life) by developing feelings of dispassion, detachment towards earthly goals of life. Total detachment from worldly affairs was necessitated to successfully travel path of spirituality. For overpowering five senses and mind, our controlling forces of Moha (extreme emotional attachment) were mandated by God Almighty. In the present materialistic age most human beings world over feel helplessness in overpowering Moha. Such human beings ultimately failed to travel path of spirituality and preferred travelling path of religion (path of rituals) that was easy to travel but never led one to God Almighty.
Apart from controlling Moha, controlling five senses and mind was another hurdle on path of pure spirituality. Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that moment one succeeds in controlling Moha; one would develop complete aversion towards material goals of life. One would finally learn to discriminate truth from false. Teachings, experiences one had gone through and those yet to be learnt or experienced… a seeker would finally learn to distinguish between necessary and frivolous acts. Going to a temple, church or mosque for the sake of it… one would develop aversion towards such rituals forever! A true seeker would henceforth never indulge in an act that did not lead to God Almighty.
One would effectively use power of discrimination to distinguish precepts that were necessary to reach god from those that were unnecessary, unwarranted, uncalled for!
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 verse 52 Lord Krishna outlines the fallacy of travelling path of religion (path of rituals)! When a human being, a traveler of spiritual path succeeds in cutting across shackles of Moha (extreme emotional attachment)… one clearly identifies false preaching by religious preachers of present times. A true seeker of spirituality can see through false promises made by religious preachers.
One who wants to reach god in present life clearly understands that religious dogmas like going to swarga (heaven) after death carried no meaning in spiritual world. Such pretences of religious world were clear expression of ignorance expressed by religious fraternity. How long would we continue believing that after death of mortal frame… going to swarga (heaven) was the highest goal of life?
Lord Krishna in bhagavad gita 2 52 makes it abundantly clear that path to God Almighty was straight and clear. Everything comes from within. By following dictates of soul atman within… any human being world over could easily cross ocean of Samsara (worldly life) by cutting shackles of Moha forever. For believing in our true self… our soul atman, the spirit within… we truly do not require preaching of others! Our soul atman, the spirit within always guided us on right path.
Since six years of age… I followed dictates of my soul atman coming from within my heart! The moment I was able to discriminate right from wrong… I stopped going to temples, churches and mosques! I believed more in god existing in my heart than one existing in temples! I was never proved wrong in my surmise. All my life I could distinctly hear the sweet small inner voice of my soul atman coming from within. Guided by voice of my soul atman… I finally reached God in 1993 at 37 years of age!
All the clutter existing in our thought process can only be drained by exercising power of discrimination, path of contemplation… path of logistics! I have seen people fearing indulgence in path of discrimination, contemplation and logistics! This inbuilt fear stemmed from half baked preaching of so-called religious preachers of present Kali Yuga… Dark Age, metal age! Exercising power of discrimination… I could easily read the hidden agenda of religious preachers of present times.
Leaving aside all that was crap… I started my journey towards god with full faith in God Almighty! All my life I never referred to teachings by any religious preacher or master… not even for once! Why believe in something that went against established principles of spirituality detailed in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I have always exercised power of discrimination, power of logistics to my best use all the time. So much so that I finally succeeded in reaching god in present life!
Developing Vairagya (dispassion, detachment) towards material goals of life initially is difficult but not impossible! It is only power of discrimination, power of logistics that comes to our rescue all the time! One can exercise power of discrimination, power of logistics in life only if one was truthful all the time. Practicing truthfulness all the time was the biggest ingredient of spiritual path that most human beings world over failed to realize. Whole of my life I have practiced truthfulness to the hilt… so much so if God Almighty himself came disguised to sway me from path of truthfulness… I would have not!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – Oct 7, 2014
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