Harmony with one’s own Nature
April 27, 2012 Comments Off
“O Kunti’s son, that which you are unwilling to undertake because of delusion, you shall still perform, irresistibly bound by your own nature.” (Bhagavadgeeta 18.60)
You are, says Krishna, inextricably bound by the activities born of your own inner nature (svabhaava). Even if you feel or say that you will not fight, it is but sheer delusion. At best it can remain an imagination. In reality, you will irresistibly be led to fight.
The whole creation exists and survives under Nature. Any move, says Krishna, against its trends will only be wrong and impractical. Any desire to abstain from any action is merely an indulgence of the mind. Mind may bring up its preferences and prejudices. But whether one can uphold it is a far different consideration.
Taking Arjuna’s psychic constitution, his kshatriya nature, the fact that he had all along been preparing for this war, and also considering the societal and other compulsions behind the great event, Krishna is sure that Arjuna’s verbal assertion will not be able to sustain itself.
Any thought, disregarding the constitution of the world, the human nature and the society, can never be realistic. One may say he will not do this or that. But that will be more a wish or imagination, not an eventuality.
Krishna has taken the discussion to an absolute level, where any kind of ego becomes false. The seeker has to rise above his constrictions and understand the harmonious note of Nature prevailing everywhere. To think and act in tune with such a harmony will alone be meaningful, truthful and practical. Anything else is pretentious and self-defeating.
To summarize the position:
1. That prakrti with its gunas has a full hold over every one is the primary message of Bhagavadgeeta (3.27, 13.30). None in the world can escape or exit from this hold (18.40).
2. All activities, no matter whether they have an individual locus or not, are governed by Nature. “I am doing” is simply a wrong notion. It is the result of delusion enveloping the mind and intelligence.
3. This does not negate the role of the intelligence and the mind, which are free to think and understand matters. But the moment desire and possessiveness overtake them, they inevitably lead to chaos and downfall. Freed of desire, they radiate brilliance and benevolence, the real intent of Nature.
4. To renounce all activities to the Supreme, is verily to eschew desire, and generate harmony and felicity.
– Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
© Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2011