During the brief life span of individuals, the natural tendency in many is to make a mark in life and strive for a career that would enable one to lead a comfortable life of prosperity. These pursuits take up a huge chunk of time and many bypass the chance to explore the higher purpose of human life. Spiritual teaching highlights this aspect and stirs individual motivation towards identifying the ultimate goal of one's life, pointed out Swami Tejomayananda in a lecture.
While imparting higher truths to Arjuna in the battlefield, Lord Krishna's eminence as a primordial preceptor becomes manifest. The Lord directly addresses the commonest of doubts likely to arise — “Why should I know this?”
“One should know because this knowledge will be able to liberate one from the cycle of birth,” says the Lord. He adds that this knowledge is capable of releasing one from everything that is inauspicious and from bondage.
“What is the subject matter?” Lofty and esoteric is the subject matter and it is the only subject worth knowing; in addition, knowing this there is nothing further to be known. Such is its glory.
“What is the result of knowing this?” As already mentioned, this knowledge leads to the ultimate goal, liberation.
The Lord creates interest and love for this highest knowledge. It is the “King of Secrets.” It has the power to purify. It cleanses one's thought, word and deed. How? Acts of repentance and expiation can remove sins. But those acts cannot remove the sinful tendency in us which remain with us. But this knowledge which can remove this tendency in us is truly purifying knowledge.
All its merits are superlatives. If this is such an exclusive, mysterious knowledge, one may wonder if it is accessible to the common man. Is it not something that an ordinary person will never be able to experience? It is, therefore, out of reach for us. To this legitimate query which arises in each one of us, the Lord assures that it is within the reach of anyone because it is our own Self that has to be realised.
Keywords: Swami Tejomayananda