Namaskaar. Moving on to the penultimate verse 8 of 9 of the GITA DHYANA SHLOKAS with commentary by Smt. Jaya Row. This is also an oft quoted verse popular among students of the Bhagavad Gita as it conveys a very important aspect of our study. This verse is certainly not directed towards any person who is physically challenged. It should not be misunderstood as such. It is a spiritual lesson for each of us and the examples given are in a commoners language so that we can relate to the teaching. Thats the only purport I have gathered from this verse each time I listen to it. Most uplifting.
I worship the all-blissful Madhava whose grace enables the dumb to be eloquent and the cripple climb mountains.
Here the author describes the power of spirituality, its potency and its ability to change our lives. When we practice karma yoga, bhakti yoga and jnana yoga we are able to rise above our little self. We are able to do things we thought impossible before. We find that we are no longer fettered and shackled by our own little desires, vasanas, pettiness and trivial pre-occupations in life.
When we dedicate ourselves, our lives to something higher in life, we begin to experience the real power of our personality which is Atman. Nothing is impossible. The author puts it poetically when he says ‘It will make a dumb person eloquent’. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Nehru did not have to go to public speaking classes, they did not have to do courses on public relations or have to go to a celebrity management company. Their achievements spoke for themselves. Oliver Goldsmith speaks of this in his great poem ‘The Village Preacher’. He describes the preacher as one who gave up a lucrative posting in a big city to go to a village where nobody wanted to go. So here is a person who resisted the lure and went to the village because he understood where the people really needed spiritual guidance and he became a preacher in a little hamlet. And then Goldsmith describes how he would conduct himself at church, ‘At church with meek and unaffected grace… Truth from his lips prevailed … And fools who came to scoff remained to pray.’ Truth has impact. Speak the truth, live the truth. You have to make the painful choices, the right choices. You have to stand up for what is right and resist the temptation for what is attractive. And Divinity will stand by your side. Opportunities will come to you that you never dreamed of. Doors will open where you never dreamt there would be one. Life will become a beautiful serendipitous journey. Continue reading