The Bhagavad Gita is a text that dispels sorrow and anxiety
in all those caught in samsara. It is a direct address of the
benevolent Lord to each and every jivatma to facilitate a
better understanding of the most profound thoughts in the
simplest manner possible, pointed out Velukkudi Sri
Krishnan in a discourse.
Krishna elaborates the characteristics and qualifications
of a yogi who passes through the stages of karma and jnana
to reach a mature level of enlightenment when bhakti to
the Supreme Lord is predominant. The yogi first sees
equality everywhere, when he discerns that all selves are
of the essential divine nature, whatever may be their
external form and function.
In the next stage, he is able to see the similarity of the
self in every jivatma with that of the Brahman in respect of
the eight auspicious qualities that a liberated atma shares
with the Supreme Brahman. By seeing the Lord in every
self and at the same time every self also as present in the
Lord, the connecting link with the Lord is always
maintained. The yogi never loses sight of the Lord nor
does the Lord lose sight of him.
In the third stage, the yogi maintains this awareness of
the transcendent purity of all other selves and of the
Supreme Lord at all times. That is, even when he is not
involved in yoga practice, the knowledge of the nuances of
similarity and diference between the jivatma and the
Paramatma is always alive in his consciousness.
In the most mature stage, the yogi transcends the
diicult hurdle to God-realisation, the sense of I and mine.
He is able to see the experience of joy and sorrow of life as
equal even when he faces a personal bereavement or an
occasion to rejoice in his life.