Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 10 Text 17
katham vidyam aham yogims
tvam sada paricintayan
kesu kesu ca bhavesu
cintyo 'si bhagavan maya
katham--how; vidyam aham--shall I know; yogin--O supreme mystic; tvam--You; sada--always; paricintayan--thinking of; kesu--in which; kesu--in which; ca--also; bhavesu--natures; cintyah asi--You are to be remembered; bhagavan--O Supreme; maya--by me.
O Krsna, O supreme mystic, how shall I constantly think of You, and how shall I know You? In what various forms are You to be remembered, O Supreme Personality of Godhead?
Arjuna, in these this slokas, asks the question, "How can I see God?" In the Nectar of Devotion we are told to "always remember Krishna, never forget Krishna". So, Arjuna asks the question; "How?"
In his purport Srila Prabhupada writes; As it is stated in the previous chapter, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is covered by His yoga-maya. Only surrendered souls and devotees can see Him. Now Arjuna is convinced that His friend, Krsna, is the Supreme Godhead, but he wants to know the general process by which the all-pervading Lord can be understood by the common man. Common men, including the demons and atheists, cannot know Krsna, because He is guarded by His yoga-maya energy. Again, these questions are asked by Arjuna for their benefit. The superior devotee is concerned not only for his own understanding but for the understanding of all mankind.
Here we go. Krishna is about to give us class, and it could be called; "How to see God 101"!