Chapter III, Verses 31 & 32
Sri Nerode’s Translation:
Those who ever abide in the teachings of MINE, full of faith and free from caviling, they too are free from all issue of their work – the results do not make them happy or unhappy – they do everything for the sake of ME.
These who think that they know, but really do not know – they, deluded and without discrimination go to ruination.
Embrace ever-increasing intuitive living through contemplation and meditation without attachment to either practice or goals.
The ignorant, who do not strive to practice the basic laws of healthy living nor the deeper laws of contemplation and meditation, are lost souls.
Despite proclamations of grand self-created visions, psychic abilities and teeth-grinding happiness, few individuals either understand or experience the “Father”, the consciousness that is free from creation, the state described as the “no mind” nirvana by the Buddha.
On the surface verses 31 and 32 give a reason for the common human to follow spiritual precepts. He who follows is freed from bondage and he who doesn’t is lost.
The Old Testament of the Bible (in the books of the Jewish Torah) offer a more anthropomorphic sentiment. Examples, from the New International Version (NIV) include:
“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 34:14
“For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” – Deuteronomy 4:24
A sincere yogi first experiences glimpses of the Divine. Over time the glimpses turn into prolonged sessions, then finally the consistent intuitive contact with God-consciousness becomes a way of life.
The Bhagavad Gita counsels selfless activity as the highest path for all. Yet in activity lies the greatest challenge to creation’s inflexible laws. When one first experiences glimpses of the Father, he becomes acutely aware of when his thoughts and actions are not in harmony with the universal will. He experiences internally, and sometimes physically, the wrath of the “jealous” God.
Each person must surrender their attachments according to their current understanding. The barely human group (the Sudra Caste) needs daily rituals and laws enforced by the community. The progressing human (the Vaisya Caste) needs greater self-determination. They must choose their path, but that path is still very materialistic in nature and must have intellectual and material benefits that are achieved in a step-by-step manner. The “noble leaders” among humans (the Kshatriya Caste) need the freedom to experiment. Their path requires personal experience to cement their understanding of creation. The intuitive human (the Brahman Caste) often spend their lives learning how to act without attachment. Their high-level of concentration and understanding only needs a bit more practice to become a permanent way of consciousness.
The human in each stage of development reaps both the positive and negative results according to the depth of their understanding and their ability to comply.
Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:
In 31: manavas – Humans with active self-awareness, those who follow laws to achieve results.
In 32: acetasas – Humans in whom self-awareness is not awake.
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