Personhood is critical to understanding the Gita. This class we discuss the personhood of the self and the Supreme and biases against personal divinity.
- Summary of last week’s class
- The three levels of realization
- The Bhagavad Gita and questions of religion
- The challenges of a personal divinity
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Read up to Chapter 7 in Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text.
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Abbreviations used in these notes: BG for Bhagavad Gita
vāsāṁsi jīrṇāni yathā vihāya
navāni gṛhṇāti naro ’parāṇi
tathā śarīrāṇi vihāya jīrṇāny
anyāni saṁyāti navāni dehī
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
raso ’ham apsu kaunteya
śabdaḥ khe pauruṣaṁ nṛṣu
O son of Kuntī, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable oṁ in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.
avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā
mānuṣīṁ tanum āśritam
paraṁ bhāvam ajānanto
Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.
- Sat-chit-ananda The inviolable qualities of all souls: eternity, self-awareness, bliss
- Vigraha Form
- Brahman 1) the individual soul; 2) the impersonal, all-pervading energy of God
- Paramatma “Super-soul,” God in the heart of each being as witness and well-wisher accompanying each soul through its many births
- Bhagavan God who is the “Possessor of opulence,” i.e. beauty, strength, fame, wealth, knowledge, renunciation
- Nirguna Without attributes or qualities, i.e. beyond material form
- Saguna Possessing qualities and form; with reference to God or the soul, possessing eternal individuality and shape