Chapter II, Verse 12
Sri Nerode’s Translation:
It is not that I, thou, or these things never were heretofore nor shall ever be forever and forever hereafter. All that lives lives forever. (We lived, we live, and shall live forever.)
All incarnate, again and again, in different forms but essentially unchanged. Individualized conscious energy (the soul) exists for the entirety of creation.
Wisdom requires a different perspective than ignorance. Attachment to physical existence is ignorance. The first step away from ignorance is to begin to realize that consciousness is immortal and eternal.
Atheism is the greatest philosophy of ignorance because it is based on assumptions like “creation is strictly material,” “the universe is without sentience, without will power, without any sort of guidance,” and “life is strictly a biological configuration.” In verse 12, Krishna is directly contradicting atheism. He clearly states that nothing that lives can die. Life defined as consciousness is immortal.
Life is not a biological accident of nature. Essentially, all bodies are golems or inert matter enlivened by conscious energy and directed by will power. All sensual experiences of the body are first created in consciousness before they are felt in form. (See “Human Structure: The Design of the Body According to Sankhya Science.”)
The Bhagavad Gita incorporates the Sankhya explanation of how a human body is formed because this explanation allows for the practical application of consciousness to matter for specific outcomes.
When a devotee-yogi begins on the path of meditation and has a significant experience that he cannot explain, fear arises in his ego. Fear says things like “if you meditate, you will lose yourself.” This is wrong thinking that enables the senses to maintain their oppression of the soul.
Consider a glass jar full of hand-blown glass marbles. Each marble is unique, yet each is contained within the jar. If each marble had an ego, then it would judge itself based upon comparison to other marbles within the jar.
If a marble learned to find the truth through meditation, then it would find itself outside of the jar. The meditation marble outside of the jar can see that not only are all marbles made of glass but the jar is also made of glass.
Enlightenment is similar. One’s consciousness retains its individuality while simultaneously realizing that creation is many variations of a single substance.
Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:
This verse is stated in negative terms in the Sanskrit original. “It is not that I have never before been incarnated” indicates the illusory nature of reincarnation. It is also indicative of the balance required by Sanskrit when articulated properly.
References to time, like “jatu” (ever) and “atah param” (from this time onward) indicate proper use of the physical and subtle breaths for composing Sanskrit mantras. The wise know that the concept of time is primarily an individual experience that is measured by both physical and subtle (astral) inhalations and exhalations. After the breath, the most scientific measurement of time is based upon the movements of planets and their relationships to each other.
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