Gita Acharan |English


The brain (cerebrum) is divided into two halves -the right and left hemispheres. Though they work in tandem, the right side of the brain dominates the functions to do with creativity, emotions etc. whereas the left side of the brain dominates analytical and logical functions. When viewed in the context of the Gita, right brain persons get attracted to devotion (๐™—๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž) while left brain persons towards awareness (๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™–) . ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– (action) is common for both.


For ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™– oriented people, Krishna earlier gave the logic that none can remain without doing ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™– even for a moment as we are bound to perform ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ because of ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ (3.5, 3.27). This is pure awareness that ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ are the real ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™– . ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž  oriented people would find it difficult to comprehend this.


For the ๐™—๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž oriented, Krishna says, "But those who dedicate all their ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ to Me, regarding Me as the Supreme goal, worshipping Me and meditating on Me with exclusive devotion, O Parth, I swiftly free them from the ocean of birth and death (๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™–๐™ง๐™–) , for their consciousness is united with Me" (12.6-12.7).


Firstly, dedicating our ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ  to ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– is nothing but being ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™–-๐™ข๐™–๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–. For example, a knife can cause injury or it can cut ropes to free the entangled. It depends on the user and the knife doesn't get attached to what it is doing -whether it is perceived to be good or bad. Dedicating ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™จ is keeping ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– at the centre as the owner and we remain as an instrument in HIS hand.


Secondly, Krishna mentions 'getting free from the ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™–๐™ง๐™– of birth and death'. The traditional interpretation is that we will not have any rebirth once we attain HIM. Another possible scenario is that it is eternal freedom (๐™ข๐™ค๐™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–) from pain (death) and pleasure (birth) ripples caused by the ever changing situations around us.

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