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Bhagavad Gita Saram - 3
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:24:32 PM »
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, at the request of devotees, selected
42 verses out of the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita, and re-set
them in a particular order.  This was later published by Sri Ramansramam in a little book entitled Bhagavad Gita Saram,
which carries an explanatory note at the end.  This note highlights
the selection of these verses as the essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
showing to the aspirant the direct means to realize the Sat-Chit-
Ananda Atman, the Self Absolute, the one ultimate objects of man's
quest through the ages.  The emphasis is primarily on Jnana and
Bhakti margas, the path of nishkamya karma, desireless action,
being implicit in both. 

What did Bhagavan Ramana indicate to us as devotees through
His selection -- the essence of this vast generous poem?  His selection
highlights first and foremost the state of the man who finds peace and joy in the Spirit, pure in heart and vision, with desires and works surrendered in perfect harmony and equilibrium, beyond action and
contraries.  The path of love finds greater emphasis in this selection than the path of self-knowledge.  Says Krishna: "Only by love and faith can men see me, and know me, and come unto Me." (11.54). 
Love and faith being the surge of the soul towards oneness of vision, wisdom and self harmony.

Pervasive through Bhagavan's selection is a pointer to the Spirit
-- the never-born and eternal, the never changing and indestructible, the ever pure and omni-present, dwelling in man and in all.  And
where is the in-dweller?  "God dwells in the heart of all beings, Arjuna, thy God dwells in thy heart," in mercy, in oneness, in eternity ---  whirling beings onwards opn the stream of time.  The promise for those who will heed the quest of Self knowledge as the only important
aim of life, is salvation and peace as the soul reaches the highest end, the Abode Supreme --- beyond sun, moon and fire, Invisible and
Everlasting --- never to return ---  'thy home of eternity.'  The specific
Sadhana that must be undertaken is to vanquish desire and to lead
the unsteady min forever into the Spirit.

[Source:  All the posts 1,2 and 3 Neera Kashyaps's article from
the Mountain Path, October-December 2008.  Neera Kashyap is the member of the managing body of Delhi Ramana Kendra and visits
Sri Ramanasramam every winter.]

Arunachala Siva.