Chapter III, Verse 11
Sri Nerode’s Translation:
Worship and nourish the shining ones (the gods who conduct the cosmic functions, the invisible Powers). They shall grant you grace. Thus nourishing one another ye shall attain Supreme Good.
Wherever one places their concentration and directs their energy through will power, this same is reflected back upon the individual.
Choose better company and you will be uplifted by their presence. In deepest meditation and highest states of development, the aspiring sage becomes aware of subtle beings (both good and bad). Choose to pursue through devotion and learn through concentration from the good beings. These god-like beings are helpers who transform your human consciousness that is aware of only base experiences into a more divine consciousness that is aware of and in tune with the subtle laws that govern creation.
Ultimately, humans are co-creators of their own experience. The game of the universe is governed by law, when individuals respect those laws and apply those laws to daily life, the intent of the law is fulfilled.
Hours and lifetimes, are wasted in discussing, arguing and even warring about the existence of “God”. God defies labels and several religious sects even refuse to speak any “name” for God.
Eventually, in the course of individual human evolution, one comes to realize that personal thoughts empowered by will and action create one’s own experiences. Currently, there’s the intellectual and scientific profession of psychology that is beginning to address the role played by human thoughts. While some may profit from perpetuating mental illness, overall the profession is devoted to healing.
Let’s define and conduct a long-term study. There should be two groups. The first group are those who deny the existence of an unseen framework of laws, and who believe that the ego-intellect of individual humans reigns supreme. We’ll call this group the “materialists.” The second group are those who embrace the idea of a grand order behind material existence. These people embrace ideals like “love,” “peace,” and “joy” as the supreme goal of the grand order. (Perhaps called “God” and “religion” but labels are not necessary.) We’ll call this group the “spiritualists.”
Periodically, throughout the years, have each group, the materialists and the spiritualists, report their personal experiences of joy, of spontaneous inspiration, of sorrow and depression. Have each group self-report their activities if they are engaged in pursuing goals and hobbies, or if they spend hours watching TV and waiting for others to treat them “right”. Let’s collect data on the long-term stability of the relationships of those in each group. Through a series of personality questionnaires, ask the materialists and the spiritualists whether or not they feel empowered by their personal relationships or if they feel imprisoned and held back by those who are closest to them.
As far as I am aware, no such study has ever been conducted. However, from my personal experience I can propose a hypothesis. People who believe in a loving, peaceful, law-abiding God are more content, display inspired creativity and have more stable relationships than those who deny or are indifferent regarding a grand plan and an overall conscious being.
In my experience, the seven-year period in my life when I completely denied the existence of a grand plan (moral and natural laws) and a supreme non-human specific consciousness (God), I was more restless and frustrated, less creative, less inspired and had greater difficulty maintaining personal relationships. Ultimately, I had a more negative impact upon my community during this period of ego-worship.
Whether or not “God and divine law” exist is less important than the psychological impact of believing in these concepts. We don’t have to prove God’s existence to quantify and study the impact of God-centered psychology. The intellectual science of psychology could prove the hypothesis that a positive-ideal centered life is a happy life.
Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:
bhavayate – Personal actions that cause the gods to exist.
Prajapati – Divine Father of All Creatures.
Prajapati is the consciousness presiding over procreation, a protector of life and the lord of creatures. When considering the Bhagavad Gita as a Sanskrit primer, Prajapati must be explored in relation to Vayu, Yama, Agni, Varuna and Sasankas.
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