The result of "higher knowledge"

On this blog, the discussion on the “higher knowledge” or the knowledge of LORD is started from this post. As a prerequisite one should have carried out karma yoga and Raja yoga to conquer his own internal and external natures and made himself eligible to recieving this “higher knowledge” about the LORD.

In Srimad Bhagavad Gita chapters 7,8,9 and 10 are of highest metaphysical value. They describe the true nature of LORD in his own words. It is very difficult to understand them as a whole for a person who has not conquered the external and internal indriyas (the external senses + the internal mind) thoroughly.

But without this higher knowledge, the “delusion” still remains! (only conquering one’s own nature temporarily is not sufficient). Only after proper understanding of true nature of LORD one can cross over his differentiated lower nature called “maaya” which repeatedly causes the “moha” in the individual.

Arjuna declares that his “moha” is gone by listening to the secret knowledge given to him as “grace” (anugraha): (the first verse of 11th Adhyaya)

अर्जुन उवाच
मदनुग्रहाय परमं गुह्यमध्यात्मसंज्ञितम्।
यत्त्वयोक्तं वचस्तेन मोहोऽयं विगतो मम।।11.1।।

mat+anugrahaya (for the sake of blessing me), paramam guhyam adhyatma sanjtam (the highest secret called adhyatma) yat tvya uktam vachah (that which was revealed by YOUR words) tena moha ayam vigatah mama (by those words, my delusion has gone)

What was this delusion? Arjuna’s agency in killing in the war. Arjuna thought he is going to be the agent of all killing he is going to perform in the war due to his ahamkaara (ego). He thought he is going to accrue sin by killing his relatives and preceptors. This was his original delusion due to ignorance of true nature of SELF (adhyatma).

By shravana (listening) and manana (contemplating continuously) with a controlled and composed mind on the words of LORD, one can indirectly realize the true nature of LORD.
but, the last statement of LORD “Having established or pervaded this whole world with one fragment of Myself, I remain.” Arjuna wishes to “see” that eternal form of LORD.

So, He requests LORD:
मन्यसे यदि तच्छक्यं मया द्रष्टुमिति प्रभो।
योगेश्वर ततो मे त्वं दर्शयाऽत्मानमव्ययम्।।11.4।।

11.4 मन्यसे Thou thinkest, यदि if, तत् that, शक्यम् possible, मया by me, द्रष्टुम् to see, इति thus, प्रभो O Lord, योगेश्वर O Lord of Yogins, ततः then, मे me, त्वम् Thou, दर्शय show, आत्मानम् (Thy) Self, अव्ययम् imperishable.

This is the manner one should request for the divine vision of imperishable “SELF” (who is the LORD of all) Only through the grace one gets the divine vision! Not by force, Not by effort, Not by ACTION of the deluded ahamkaara.

Swami Sivananda explains who is a “Yogiswara” as follows:
“Yogesvara also means the Lord of Yoga. A Yogi is one who is endowed with the eight psychic powers (Siddhis). The Lord of the Yogins is Yogesvara. And, Yoga is identity of the individual soul with the Absolute. He who is able to bestow this realization of identity on the deserving spiritual aspirant is Yogesvara. He Who is able to create, preserve, destroy, veil and graciously release is the Lord. (These five actions, Panchakriyas, are known respectively as Srishti, Sthiti, Samhara, Tirodhana and Anugraha.)”

So, the result of receiving higher knowledge is removal of MOHA (delusion) and an opportunity to get a divine vision of imperishable ATMA, the LORD.

om tat sat

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