Truth Amid Chaos – Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9

What is the single most powerful choice you have in life? The Bhagavad Gita says it is a choice to be free of the cycle of death and rebirth, or to come back again and again. This is the story of a legendary battle in the 3D matrix of the mind. It outlines the foundations of Hindu philosophy thousands of years before Christ. It integrates all world religions describing the laws of Nature and a clear path to ascension. 

With each chapter we see the Gita lessons becoming more specific, inviting us to question our modern concepts, and to refine our understanding of ascension. Just enjoy and listen with an open mind, as you would hear a story.

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, Gods ruled the Earth, and all learning took place in the form of stories and sacred verses, that people learned by heart and passed down with each generation. As the song opens, the warrior prince Arjuna and his chariot driver the God Krishna, gaze over a vast battlefield. Arjuna and his brothers are required now to fight their evil Kaurava cousins. Thousands of warriors are assembled on both sides, to fight to the death. Arjuna is horrified and refuses to fight. His charioteer Krishna reveals to him the secrets of higher knowledge distilling in 18 chapters how to carry on a war between Good and Evil in a higher frame of mind in which he will not incur sin or Karma, and thereby attain union with God. Arjuna listens and finally accepts his destiny to fight. He and his brothers engage in battle. They completely vanquish the evil enemies of justice, and ultimately ascend to the heavenly realms. 

The Laws of Nature have always been and always will be. These are none other than the unified Laws of Science, Religion. Good vs. Evil, Life and Death. These Laws are One and can never be divided. The Gita verses are in Sanskrit, the sacred language of the Gods, which we adapt into English as best we can. 

In chapter 9, Krishna gives Arjuna a choice. Do you want to be free? Or do you want to come back and repeat physical life again and again? He reveals to Arjuna the truths that will free him from the cycle of death and rebirth. He says I am the topmost Supreme, almighty God. Stick with me. Even though I stand in front of you in My personal form, do not be deluded that I have  a human personality. He says I’ve just shown up temporarily here 3D in to teach you the lost wisdom. I am the one and only creator and controller of the universe. I am the invisible seed, the Father, the Mother, the Sustainer. I am the purifier, the goal, I am your prayers. I am the doer of all actions. I am all your actions and the results of those actions. I am the medicinal plants. I am the Sun, the Moon, the rain and weather. I am eternal life. I am death. I am forever spirit and physical matter. I am the very one who enjoys your life, and the receiver of all your offerings.

Krishna says he created the universe in divine sexual intercourse with himself and his Female physical energy (Prakriti), This brings forth uncountable life forms again and again. In the beginning of the billion-years cycle of time, He creates the myriad physical life-forms. And at the end of the grand cosmic cycle, He absorbs them back into Himself, only to re-manifest them again. His Female Prakriti energy gives birth to all forms. Thus, his power eternally creates, sustains, and dissolves, to turn the wheel of the universe.

But ignorant people with distracted minds, adopt empty hopes, useless actions and futile knowledge. Deluded, they take on a false, demonic, or delusory personality. Those who fail to see the highest God must come back to be reborn. Worshippers of the mid-celestial gods go to those celestial realms. Worshippers of ancestors go there. Worshippers of ghosts go to ghosts. My devotees come up to Me alone, he says. Whatever you do, do it as an offering to Me.

Even though there are many things we love to worship, Krishna explains that there is only one Supreme God. Those people who are exclusively devoted to him as the Almighty God go to His abode and remain there forever. He supports those who wish to follow other Gods or life goals, as they can achieve positive results in other realms, however, they must return to a physical life. So,  whatever lesser God or goal you are filled with in this life, He will help you achieve it, but you’ll have to come back. So, you can follow the God of Money, Kubera, or the Goddess of Beauty, Lakshmi, or the Goddess of higher learning, Saraswati, and you WILL ascend to the realm of that god. So, whatever you live by, that’s what you become in your life and also after you die. If you live in anger, you’ll be angry after death. Just choose your world. If you live to be cute, you will go to a heaven for cute people. He says please, just go to the Supreme God, and direct all your devotion and actions solely toward the highest force. Be someone who lives in union doing everything for Him and offering everything to Him. ++++ With pure devotion his devotees attain mystic union with God and this releases them from the bondage of Karma, death, and rebirth. He uses use the word “Him”, although the Vedic scriptures hold that God is neither male nor female, The highest power encompasses all dualities at the same time.

God says he loves all creatures. Even the worst souls He accepts willingly and quickly helps them become virtuous. He protects all his devotees and provides them whatever they need. Therefore, we should dedicate our mind and body and lives to Him, always think of Him, and offer all our actions to him. That’s the secret teaching.

As you listen to the verses of Chapter 9, I invite you to ponder these questions:

  1. What is the important choice that Krishna offers to Arjuna in this Chapter ?
  2. How does the Supreme God create the world? What creation power does he use?
  3. What happens to those who follow lesser gods like money, beauty, ghosts, or learning?
  4. How does focusing on the Supreme God lead to freedom from death and rebirth?
  5. What is your topmost focused goal in this life? i.e. what God do you follow?
  6. What are your favorite quotes from this chapter to remember for life lessons? 

 

Bhagavad Gita 9.1

The Supreme Lord said: O Arjun, because you are not a complainer, I shall now impart to you this most secret knowledge and wisdom. Upon knowing it you will be released from the pain of physical existence.

Bhagavad Gita 9.2

This knowledge is the king of sciences and the most profound of all secrets. It purifies those who hear it. It is directly realizable, in harmony with dharma, easy to practice, and everlasting in effect.

Bhagavad Gita 9.3

People who lack faith in this dharma are unable to attain Me, O conqueror of enemies. They keep coming come back to material existence again and again in the cycle of birth and death.

Bhagavad Gita 9.4

This entire cosmic manifestation is infused and surrounded by Me in My invisible form, as the only controller. All living beings dwell under Me, but I do not dwell in them.

Bhagavad Gita 9.5

And yet, the living beings do not abide in Me. Behold the mystery of My divine energy! Although I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings, I am not influenced by them or by material nature.

Bhagavad Gita 9.6

Know that as the mighty wind blows everywhere rests always in the sky, likewise all living beings are situated in Me.

Bhagavad Gita 9.7

At the end of one age of yugas (kalp), all living beings dissolve into My primordial material energy. At the beginning of the next creation, O son of Kunti, I manifest them again.

Bhagavad Gita  9.8

In divine intercourse with my Female material energy (Prakriti), I generate these myriad forms again and again, in accordance with the force of their nature.

Bhagavad Gita 9.9

O conqueror of wealth, these actions never bind Me. I remain like a neutral observer, unattached and indifferent.

Bhagavad Gita 9.10

Working under My direction, this Female Prakriti material energy brings forth all animate and inanimate forms, O son of Kunti. For this reason only, the wheel of the world turns in creation, maintenance, and dissolution.

Bhagavad Gita 9.11

When I descend in My personal form deluded persons do not see the divinity of My personality, as the Supreme Lord of all beings, and thus are unable to recognize Me.

Bhagavad Gita 9.12

With empty hopes, useless actions and futile knowledge, the ignorant people with their minds distracted, only adopt the demoniac, monstrous and delusive nature.

Bhagavad Gita 9.13

But the great souls, who take shelter of My divine energy, O Parth, know Me, Lord Krishna, as the origin of all creation. They understand My essence as the eternal cause of All with undeviating minds fixed exclusively on Me.

Bhagavad Gita 9.14

The devotees with firm determination, by constantly chanting my mantra strive to attain me in reverence always worship me with faithful devotion.

Bhagavad Gita 9.15

Others, engaging in the yajña of cultivating knowledge, worship Me by many methods. Some see Me as undifferentiated oneness that is non-different from them, while others see Me as separate from them. Still others worship Me in the infinite manifestations of My cosmic forms.

Bhagavad Gita 9.16

I am the doer, I am the ceremony, I am the fruits, and I am the offering, to the ancestors. I am the medicinal herb, and I am the prayer. I am the oil, I am the fire and the act of sacrifice.

Bhagavad Gita  9.17

Of this universe, I am the Father, I am also the Mother, the Sustainer, and the Grandfather. I am the purifier, the ultimate goal, the sacred syllable Om, and the original scriptures of all the Vedas.

Bhagavad Gita 9.18

I am the Supreme Goal of all living beings, and I am also their Sustainer, Master, Witness, Abode, Shelter, and Friend. I am the Origin, the End, and Resting Place of creation. I am the Reservoir and Eternal Seed.

Bhagavad Gita 9.19

I blaze heat in the form of the sun. I withhold and send forth rain. I only am immortality and death. I am eternal spirit and temporary matter.

Bhagavad Gita 9.20

The faithful souls who imbibe my blessings from devotion worship me as the God they wish to attain through ceremony. By virtue of their virtuous deeds, they go to the celestial abode of Indra, the king of heaven, and enjoy the pleasures of the gods.

Bhagavad Gita 9.21

When they have enjoyed the vast pleasures of heaven, the stock of their merits being exhausted, they return to the earthly plane. Thus, those who perform ceremonies to achieve objects of enjoyment, repeatedly come and go in this world.

Bhagavad Gita 9.22

Those loving devotees who always think of Me, who practice exclusive devotion to Me, and whose minds are always absorbed in Me, I provide whatever they need and preserve what they already possess.

Bhagavad Gita 9.23

O son of Kunti, even those devotees who faithfully worship other gods also indirectly worship Me. But they do so by the wrong method.

Bhagavad Gita 9.24

I am the enjoyer and the only Lord of all rituals. But those who fail to realize My divine nature must be reborn in a physical form.

Bhagavad Gita 9.25

Worshippers of the celestial gods go to gods, worshippers of ancestors go to them, worshippers of ghosts go to ghosts, and My devotees come to Me alone.

Bhagavad Gita 9.26

If one offers to Me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or even water, I delightfully partake of that article offered with love by My devotee in pure consciousness.

Bhagavad Gita 9.27

Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as sacrifice to the sacred fire, whatever you bring as a gift, and whatever austerities you perform, O son of Kunti, do them as an offering to Me.

Bhagavad Gita 9.28

By dedicating all your works to Me, you will be freed from the bondage of good and bad results. With your mind attached to Me through renunciation, you will be freed of bandage and will reach Me.

Bhagavad Gita 9.29

I am equally present equally in all the living beings, neither is anyone my enemy, nor more dear, however those devotees who worship me by traditional way of worship, they are in me and I am also in them

Bhagavad Gita 9.30

Even if the most wicked sinner worships Me with exclusive devotion, they are to be considered virtuous, for they have made the right decision.

Bhagavad Gita 9.31

Quickly they become virtuous, and attain lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that no devotee of Mine is ever lost.

Bhagavad Gita 9.32

All those who take refuge in Me, whatever their birth, race, sex, or caste, even those lowly ones whom society scorns, will also attain the supreme goal.

Bhagavad Gita 9.33

What then of virtuous sages, devotees and saintly kings, and their good deeds? Therefore, having come to this transient and joyless world, they too honor Me with devotion.

Bhagavad Gita 9.34

Always think of Me, be devoted to Me, worship Me, and bow to Me. Having dedicated your mind and body and soul to Me, you will surely be united with Me.

 

 

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