Thursday, November 6, 2008

Analytical Study of the field of activity

  • "One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees" - Lord Krishna
  • "Those with the vision of eternity can see that the imperishable soul is transcendental, eternal, and beyond the modes of nature. Despite contact with the material body the soul neither does anything nor is entangled" - Lord Krishna
  • "As the sun illuminates all this universe, so does the living entity, one within the body illuminate the entire body by consciousness" - Lord Krishna

These above contents make me realise and feel as if we all human beings are not living in a real world, this is not the real world, this world seems to be only a shadow of the real thing, otherwise why lord krishna would have said that the self does nothing and all activities are performed by the body, a creation of material nature, it means we are different from our bodies, our true identity is not the body and its something else, and that something else obviously doesnt belong to this world. And that something else is bound to be eternal (thats why don't we all human beings have that feeling deep within ourselves that we are going to live permenantly, I mean with the passage of time we never get that feeling that our existence is temperory, even though our body keeps changing from childhood to youth to old age, so true, if we really give a thought that the living entity (soul) within the body illuminates our entire body by consciousness as told by Lord Krishna, believe me, this book Bhagavad Gita is actually scientific, its the supreme science. In chapter "Nature, the enjoyer and Consciousness" in the Bhagavad Gita, all information is scientifically given about our body and its actions and reactions. Lord Krishna says "Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, control of the senses and mind, happiness and distress, birth, death, fear, fearlessness, non-violence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity, charity, fame and infamy - all these various qualities of living beings are created by me alone"

This means that these all above things are creations of the supreme lord, our material science has still not been able to prove from where these different emotions have come into being, its further clearly mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita "The five great elements - Earth, Water, Fire, air and ether, the false ego, intelligence, the unmanifested, the ten senses - eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, voice, legs, hands, anus and genitals, and the mind, the five sense objects - smell, taste, form, touch and sound, and desire, hatred, happiness, distress, the aggregate, the life symptoms, and convictions - all these are considered in summary to be the field of activities (Body) and its interactions" , now further there is something called "knowledge" which is bestowed to this field of activity (our body). Lord Krishna says "Humility, pridelessness, nonviolence, tolerance, simplicity, approaching a bonafide spiritual master, cleanliness, steadiness, self control, renunciatioin of the objects of sense gratification, absensce of false ego, the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease, detachment, freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest, even mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events, constant and unalloyed devotion to me, aspiring to live in solitary place, detachment from the general mass of people, accepting the importance of self realisation and philosophical search for the absolute truth - all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance", now all these things are said to be the real knowledge and lastly within our body is the supersoul, the beginningless and endless, all pervading, which is without senses, unattached, one who transcends the 3 modes of material nature, the supreme personality, the supersoul which is knowledge, the object of knowledge and the goal of knowledge, situated in everyones heart

So all above gives a brief analytical description of the human body and its contents which also includes the emotion side. Now this human body and the soul within comes in contact with the 3 modes of material nature - modes of goodness, passion and ignorance and gets contaminated, all causes, actions, effects are due to nature and not the soul or the field of activity, where as the living entity is the cause of all suffering and enjoyments due to getting in contact with the 3 modes, thus living entity in material nature follows different ways of life enjoying the three modes of nature and thus he meets with good and evil among various species.

Lord Krishna says " Whatever we see in existence both moving and nonmoving is only a combination of field of activities and the knower of the field"

Hence Lord says that "one who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees"