Faith

Desire for liberation

The dialogue between Krishna and the Gopis on the banks of the Yamuna is representative of the stringent norms to test the state of mind of one who has renounced the world and its attractions with finality, pointed out Nochur Sri Venkataraman in a discourse. Krishna advises the Gopis who have come running to Him to go back to their respective duties, pointing out that it is only important that they remain devoted to Him in their inner beings at all times. Is it right on their part to come like this at night to the woods where danger lurks and many wild animals prowl? What about their husbands, children, etc, who depend on them totally?

But the Gopis do not accept Krishna’s advice and say that having renounced all these duties, they have come to His presence which is their goal. Krishna’s exposition of the merits of Samanya dharma certainly appeals to a majority of jivatmas involved in samsara who are yet to make the leap towards the state of vairagya that is the springboard for liberation. This indicates that they are not fired by the burning desire for liberation that arises only with renunciation of attachment to people, places and objects. The essence of Gita teaching is the cultivation of vairagya in the jivatma, who faces the perennial dilemma in trying to reconcile action and its effects. The Lord shows how to tactfully deal with karma and avoid its trappings by following the path of Nishkama karma. Above all, God chooses those devotees who deserve to be liberated.

So the desire for liberation within the jivatma is not only owing to one’s effort, but also by His will. He alone can release the final knots that bind one to samsara. He has to bestow jnana and bhakti in the jivatma, make him mature and take him in His fold.

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