Who is the "I" in the Bhagavad Gita?
“In the ‘Gita’, it is said, ‘Whenever the Earth becomes heavily burdened with demerit karmas, I will take birth.’ Who is this ‘I’?”
Param Pujya Dadashri explained that, “That ‘I’ refers to the real Self. It is a principle that when there is an increase of demerit karmas on Earth, a Great Being will take birth. In this way, in every yuga (time cycle), a Great Being is born.”
“Na Kartutva, Na Karmani, Lokshya Shrujati Prabhu:
Na Karmaphal Sanyog, Svabhavas Tu Pravartate!”
“The Lord does not act, nor does He induce anyone to act, nor does He give the fruits of action. All this happens naturally.”
Param Pujya Dadashri elaborated that, “Shri Krishna said that the world has arisen naturally; it is all happening naturally. The world is running naturally, and it is being run by an energy called Vyavasthit Shakti (result of Scientific Circumstantial Evidences). Vyavasthit Shakti is not the creator of the world. Vyavasthit Shakti is natural and eternal.”
“Atma So Paramatma”
It is said that, “The real Self is the Absolute Self.” What does that mean? Is the real Self Lord Krishna?
Param Pujya Dadashri explained that, “When Shree Krishna says, ‘I am doing this, I am doing that,’ He is speaking as an embodiment of the Self. People have misunderstood this. People believed Him to be speaking as a mortal but, in actuality, He is speaking as an embodiment of the Self, the immortal.”
What is the Sudarshan Chakra?
Param Pujya Dadashri described that the Sudarshan Chakra (the circular spinning weapon depicted on Lord Krishna’s right index finger) represents the Lord’s Samyak Darshan (Self Realization, or the vision that “I am the Self”), which He had obtained from Tirthankara Lord Neminath.
What Does Naishtik Brahmachari Mean?
Param Pujya Dadashri explained that, even though Lord Krishna had more than 16,000 queens and lived a rich palatial life, He was actually a “Naishthik Brahmachari” (one with an unwavering inner intent of celibacy).
He further explained that, “(Naishthik Brahmachari) describes One in whom there is the constant inner intent, devotion, and sincerity towards celibacy. His discharging karma may be of non-celibacy, but His charging karma is of absolute, pure, and continuous celibacy.”
How is Brahma Sambandha Established?
Param Pujya Dadashri said, “Brahma Sambandha means to make a connection at the feet of the One within whom Brahma (the Omniscient Lord) has manifested.” Describing the sequence of how Brahma Sambandha is established, Param Pujya Dadashri said:
“A Gnani Purush removes your devotion to the world, places that devotion in Brahma (the Self), and makes you Brahmanishtha (established in the Self).
For countless lives, the Self and the non-self have been one through delusion. In the Gnan Vidhi ceremony, the Self and the non-self are separated according to their intrinsic properties. When a Gnani Purush destroys your demerit karmas, awareness of the Self takes hold. When one experiences the bliss of the Self, Brahma Sambandha is established.
When one does not forget the Lord Within even for an instant, that state is called Brahma Sambandha.”
Pardharma vs. Svadharma
Param Pujya Dadashri described, “Lord Krishna said, ‘Dharma (religion) of the Self is Svadharma, while activities such as fasting or penance are of the non-self - there is nothing of the Self in them.”
He continued, “Pardharma is the dharma of prakruti (the non-self complex), whereas Svadharma is the dharma of the Self. The Self is your Swaroop (natural Self-state).” Param Pujya Dadashri concluded by saying, “Svadharma can only be practiced when one understands and recognizes the Self within as Krishna. A Vaishnav is the one who recognizes Lord Krishna within.”