Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII.5 (Bhagvad
Gita shloka VIII-5) Lord
Krishna extols the virtues of an abiding Faith in the system of God
... this Faith when it reaches its climax makes one see the absolute truth in
its entirety ... it is then when one realizes the true Essence of self ... comes
face-to-face with the Almighty God the Creator of the cosmos.
to god as many times as possible ... yet maybe one remains farthest
from him ... why? It is not only the prayers that count but it is also the intensity
of prayers, which count. Quality is more important than the quantity. Normally
we remember God only when we encounter a difficulty ... in the times of harmony
we forget to remember God. A true bhakta remembers God all the time ... for him
praying to God in full sincerity and intensity ... asking for none is the true
Essence of his prayers.
prays to God totally oblivious of the surrounding circumstances ... not caring
even for the basic necessities of Life. It is not very difficult to recognize
a true bhakta from the common masses. Ramakrishna
Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana ... both were true followers of God.
None cared for anything else then the direct vision of God ... rather they dwelt
in the sweet memories of God all the time.
Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII.5 (Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII-5) Lord Krishna confirms
that one who dwells in the memories of God at the time of death ... (for it is
these memories alone which would later on decide what would our next birth be)
is likely to achieve his true self ... a vision of Atman shall be presented before
him in this very birth.
being a minuscule part of the bigger atman ... the Parmatman (the Brahman himself)...
it is a considered fact that having achieved this status one is considered having
achieved a darshan of the Almighty God.
per Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII-5 to realize our true self in the present Life span
is what a true seeker of Spirituality always aspires for. Once the identity of
atman within is established ... the role of the body ... the outer covering for
an atman becomes clear. It is the atman (our true inner
self) that has taken the body and not vice versa.
significance of the body is merely a necessity of atman on the goal to purify
itself! And once we realize this fact ... the weightage of body vis-a-vis our
atman reduces significantly. The goal of every atman being to reduce the dross
within ... the body must always engage itself in acts conducive to the atman freeing
itself from the cycle of Birth
and Death ... that is liberate forever from the various manifestations
to be undertaken by the atman in the cosmic Life cycle.
the last birth, atman practically freeing itself from the cycle of Life and Death
... has no other goal but to return to the abode of God. Achieving this stage
is known as Self Realization ... in other terms one has achieved the stage of
enlightenment. All traces of dross having removed ... the atman within becomes
free from all manifestations.
who truly aspires for achieving this stage must work towards the goal of atman
within, which is nothing else but to reduce the dross within progressively as
happens in the case of refining an Ore. The more we pass the ore through the purification
process ... lighter it becomes yet the concentration of the metal increases. These
small pieces of metal scattered all over the ore mass when combine together after
the full purification has occurred ... is what we know as gaining the original
pristine glory ... the true appearance of an atman in its pure form.
is far simply said than done. To preach the unthinkable is something really difficult
to fathom ... it seems very likely that anyone can remember the Almighty God at
the time of liberation of the body from the atman but in practice it is not so.
As per theory of karma we reap what we sow ... nothing more on less.
upon the Karma we have practiced all our Life ... shall result in what we get
in the end. Merely wishing for the glory of God at the time of leaving the body
shall not bear the desired result but truly practicing and achieving the stage
of Nirvikalpa Samadhi shall yield the results we truly desired all our Life. More
on Nirvikalpa Samadhi here-
per Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII-5 Indulgence in wrong practices shall never bear
the fruit ... we have to practice it day and night without a break to achieve
the desired result. If you feel you must indulge in prayers towards God at the
end of your journey of Life then merely a few hours of practice in the end will
not suffice.... one needs to practice this indulgence all throughout Life. The
practice has to be continuous throughout ... rather it should become a habit to
be practiced every day of our Life.
to Bhagvad Gita shloka VIII-5 Who shall remember God at the time of death ...
one who practiced Spirituality every moment of his Life ... one maybe a cobbler
or a King who only when the temple only on sacred occasions!! No wonder the Grace
of God is won by the cobbler. He deserved it well and rather he never cared for
it ... he only went on being his duties and along with sang the praises of God.
He was not a lucky man ... he really worked hard to get it ... he had a firmer
goal in Life and achieved it. He never depended upon luck to favor him.
Krishna clearly emphasizes on this point that one who prays to God; the Almighty
Creator with full sincerity, integrity and compassion ... achieves what he yearns
for. There is no scope for one who prays to God owing to a compulsion.
Our dedication towards God
must flow freely ... there can never be any obstacles in saying our prayers ...
we have nothing to lose ... all our doubts must be buried deeply as none can forfeit
the Grace of God which is due to us. In the physical realm of the World we maybe
a loser but in the kingdom of God we are always a winner. Why fear anything which
is not under our control ... we must see to it that the Grace of God is always
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