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Distinction between bondage and liberation

Uddhava Gita - 7

“It is to the Jeeva, a reflection of mine, that bondage has existed from time immemorial through ignorance and it is to this Jeeva that release has to come. The distinction between the one in bondage (Jeeva) and the one liberated (Eswara) both co-existing in one and the same individual, should be clearly understood.

“A pair of similar birds lives on the tree. The birds are different from the tree on which they live. The Jeeva and Eswara are the two birds living on the tree of the body. One bird Jeeva partakes of the fruit of the peepul tree of the body, in the shape of joys and sorrows as a result of past good and evil deeds, on account of ignorance. The other bird Eswara is superior, because he does not eat the fruit of the tree, on account of his knowledge. An enlightened soul though he remains in the body, does not become bound. He remains unattached as the sky is not attached to the clouds. If a man becomes a scholar in the scriptures but does not practise and become one with the Self, it is as useless as keeping a cow without milk or an unchaste wife.”

Uddhava asks: Who is a pious person?

Sri Krishna said: A pious soul will be compassionate to all embodied souls; harms nobody; is forbearing; has truthfulness; has no attachment to pleasures of senses; is self-disciplined; pure; lives on scanty meal; and is solely dependent on me. My devotee must see, touch and worship my images. He must worship my devotees. He must offer his body for my service. He must visit holy places. He must see me everywhere.

(To be contd)

Apr 26, 2010
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