Bhagavad Gita II.60-69: “…from the death of the spirit (buddhi/intelligence) one perishes.”

VSF: When one knows the verses of the Bhagavad Gita well enough, you will recognize the teaching of the Ribhu Gita and Ramana Maharshi. For example, Krishna tells Arjuna: “Seek Me!” This is the turning of our focus away from the external temporal illusions we are creating back into the Self within the Heart, the Atma, the eternal Consciousness we came from.

I have always been inspired by the translation of the Bhagavad Gita by J.A.B van Buitenen. However, I do often find myself wanting to compare his translations of certain words with other translators such as Winthrop Sargeant and the commentary of Kashmir Shaivite Abhinavagupta. Van Buitenen has his own simple clarity and a unique way of putting the text into English.

Ramana Mahrashi teaches us to immerse our consciousness in the Self, Atma, Brahman, and eventually the Mind that generates the illusions of thought, and thus form, will subside on their own. Tonight I turned to a page in the van Buitenen translation and found this:

Bhagavda Gita II.60-69
Krishna as the One Self is speaking to his friend the warrior Arjuna

Even a wise man who tries, Kaunteya (Arjuna is the son of Kunti), the whirling senses carry off the mind by force. One should sit down, controlling one’s senses, yoked, and intent on Me, for firm stands the insight of him who has his senses under control.

When a man thinks about sense objects, an interest in the develops. From this interest grows desire (kama), from desire anger (krodha); from anger rises delusion (moha), from delusion loss of memory, from loss of memory the death of the spirit (buddhi/intelligence), and from the death of the spirit one perishes.

When he experiences the objects of the senses that neither love nor hate and are under his control, and thus has himself under control, he attains to serenity. In a state of serenity all his sufferings cease, for in one whose mind is serene, singleness of purpose is soon fixed.

The one who is not yoked (in union with the God-within, the Self, Atma, Brahman) has no singleness of purpose; the one who is not yoked has no power to bring things about; and he who does not bring things about knows no serenity — and how can a man without serenity know happiness?

For a mind that is amenable to the ranging senses carries off a man’s capacity for insight, as the wind a ship at sea. Therefore the insight of him is firm who keeps his senses entirely away from their objects, strong-armed prince.

The controlled man wakes in what is night for all creatures, as it is night for the seer of vision when the other creatures are awake.

Non-Attachment in the Hologram: Remove the Senses from Their Objects /Your own Armageddon

This is the work that is to be done and no one can do it for you – you have to walk this lonesome valley by yourself. I don’t care what any guru or teacher promises you – you have to do this alone. And thank God for that! If anyone really could touch you with a magic wand and bestow enlightenment on you, then you would never be free. You would be indebted to them forever.
This is the Divine Play of God veiling Its Self in time and space, in matter and delusion, to emerge and realize Its Self once again. The game is one of Self-realization and liberation (moksha) – and for that, you have to work alone. This work will be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life, I promise, and will be your own private personal Armageddon.
I am not sugarcoating this because that would deceive you. But I do give you my word that this work and the Becoming in close alignment and ‘partnership’ with the God within you will be the most fulfilling, lasting, meaningful, and blissful experience you will ever have. It is the reason for Life. God veils Its Self in mankind to Become, to search for Truth, and discovers that all along God dwells in the Heart of each and everyone of us.
When you realize that you are not the five senses and their impulses which send the gunas spinning, when you begin to learn non-attachment from desire and possessions and egotistical cravings – then you will be free from longing and delusion.

Krishna tells Arjuna (II.69-72) that this is the divine state (brahmi sthitis) and if you remain fixed in this consciousness at the time of your death you reach the Bliss of God (brahmannirvanam).
The struggle against your mind
Towards the end of the Mahabharata after the great war is over, Krishna tells Arjuna’s brother, Yudhisthira, that the time has come to ‘prepare to carry out the struggle against your mind, and by dint of abstraction and the merit of your own Karma, you must reach the other side of the mysterious and unintelligible.’

Yudhisthira will not need any ‘weapons or friends or attendants’ because the ‘battle’ is to be ‘fought alone and single handed…’ (M.N.Dutt; Ashvamedhika Parva Ch.12, 13-14).

So it is with each of us.

The Ribhu Gita I.11

Brahman, the space transcendence, is seated in the body as Heart-space giving rise to elemental space, in which the Universe is lodged. At the time of the universal dissolution everything is resolved into the Prima Source in a retrogressive fashion.

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