At The Expanding Light this week I am involved with an intensive spiritual study course, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. In it, we explore the depth and application of the Bhagavad Gita, the most beloved and complete scripture on yoga, which gives detailed instruction for spiritual living and God-realization. Often the scripture is quoted, for example: “Gita says, ‘Mentally devote your every action to me.’” Usually it is Lord Krishna who is quoted in this way, offering timeless pearls of wisdom through this holy text.
This puts me in a unique position, because my lovely wife’s given name is Gita, literally meaning “celestial song of God.” In truth this works out nicely: a personal goal in my spiritual life is to always see my wife, my spiritual partner, as a channel for God’s love, wisdom, and beauty. Therefore, it’s not such a stretch to imagine her saying these things; plus, every good husband knows that the spoken word of his wife is “as good as gospel.”
Now then, back to the Bhagavad Gita, which ever so concisely explains the nature of this world of delusion, and how we are to become free of it. First the good news: the last chapter says it well, “You Shall Attain Me.” Every soul will sooner or later find his way back to divine bliss and freedom in God. So then, why wait? The journey to get there is actually simple, but far from easy. The path is marked by narrow crossings of desire and attachment, and the ever-steep ascent of ego-transcendence. But wait, there’s more good news: if you’re reading this, chances are, you’re nearly there. The summit may be just around that bend, or just another lifetime’s journey.
If we are to reach that high and most relishable peak of supreme inner joy, we must do the work. By regular and deeper meditation, devotion, and introspection, we will not linger on the path to freedom, but will swiftly reach that highest goal. As the Lord promises through this great scripture, “Beholding the Divine Presence everywhere, he no longer harms himself by Self-ignorance. (Thus,) he attains the Supreme Goal.” (13:28)
No earthly happiness or success will ever compare to this “Supreme Goal,” the blazing light of God, which illumines our heart, mind, and soul. By our faithful spiritual practices, devotion, relinquishing of desires and attachments, and offering all to God, may we swiftly reach that enlightening peak, “The Blissful End of All Seeking.”