The Yoga of the Supreme Person
Text 1: The Supreme Personality of Godhead stated: It is believed that there is an imperishable banyan tree, whose leaves are the Vedic hymns, with roots that point upward and branches that point below. Whoever is versed in this tree is versed in the Vedas.
Text 2: The three modes of material nature nurture the branches of this tree, which spread below and upward. The objects of the senses are the twigs. The roots of this tree extend as well, and they are connected to the productive behaviours of human civilization.
Texts 3–4: This tree’s true shape cannot be seen in this planet. Nobody can tell where it starts, where it stops, or where its base is. But with the sword of separation, one must firmly chop down this deeply entrenched tree. Then, one must find the location from which, once one has left, one can never return, and surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead there, from whom all originated and from whom it has ever continued.
Text 5: Those who are liberated from false prestige, delusion, and false association, who comprehend the eternal, who have given up material thirst, who are freed from the duality of bliss and suffering, and who, unperplexed, know how to submit to the Supreme Person, enter that eternal realm.
Text 6: The sun, moon, fire, or electricity do not shine on that great dwelling of Mine. Those who go there never come back to this realm of things.
Text 7: The living things in this conditioned universe are pieces of Me that have always been in fragments. They are having a difficult time with the six senses, which include the intellect, because of their conditioned way of life.
Text 8: Just as scents are carried by the air, the living being in the material world transfers his various views of existence from one body to another. As a result, he chooses one form of physique before switching to another.
Text 9: The living thing acquires a certain kind of ear, eye, tongue, nose, and sense of touch, which are clustered around the intellect, by taking on another gross body in this way. Thus, he appreciates a certain collection of sense items.
Text 10: The dumb are unable to comprehend how a living being might leave his body, nor can they comprehend the kind of body he enjoys when under the sway of the modes of nature. But only someone with well-trained eyes can notice all of this.
Text 11: All of this is visible to striving transcendentalists who have reached self-realization. However, despite their best efforts, persons whose minds have not fully evolved and who are not in a position of self-realization cannot perceive what is happening.
Text 12: I am the source of the sun’s glory, which dispels the darkness across this entire planet. And I’m also the source of the glory of the moon and the splendour of the fire.
Text 13: I enter each planet, and they are kept in orbit by My energy. I take on the form of the moon, giving all veggies life’s juice in the process.
Text 14: I, the fire of digestion in the bodies of all living things, work with the air of life, both arriving and exiting, to break down the four different types of food.
Text 15: According to all the Vedas, I am to be known; I am placed in everyone’s heart, and from Me flow memory, knowledge, and forgetting. I did write the Vedanta, and I am familiar with the Vedas.
Text 16: The faulty and the infallible are the two categories of creatures, according to
Text (16). Every living thing is faulty in the physical world, while every living thing is referred to be infallible in the hereafter.
Text 17: In addition to these two, there is the Supreme Soul, the imperishable Lord Himself, who has entered and is sustaining the three realms.
Text 18: I am praised in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person because I am transcendental, above both the imperfect and the infallible, and because I am the greatest.
Text 19: The Knower of all things is He who recognises Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead without question. Therefore, O son of Bharata, he devotes himself completely to serving Me.
Text 20: This, O sinless one, is the most secretive portion of the Vedic teachings, and I now reveal it. Whoever comprehends this will develop wisdom, and his efforts will be excellent.
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