By Mireia Yogimani
The Bhagavad Gita is a classic scripture of the East, and epic poem, an a book of Yogic wisdom. The Gita represents an allegory of our human condition, and its cosmic universal truth can be shared with all cultures and religions. I believe that at the very core of every religion, we find the same message; the same truth. Born and raised Catholic, the Bhagavad Gita has opened my mind to receive yogic wisdom, and has opened my heart to receive Krishna.
The story described in the Gita is a dialogue between the the Yogic God, Krishna, and a warrior named Arjuna, and it takes place in the battlefield. I believe that this story is symbolic of our human experience; our own inner battle, for we as humans all struggle between our own good and bad qualities. The Gita provides tools to yoke the infinite. Absorption and practice of the teachings in the Bhagavad Gita means to yoke mental consciousness with infinite consciousness. Below are the major yoga systems explored in the Bhagavad Gita:
Yoga of Wisdom: Krishna explains Atman (self). The first step in yoga is the knowledge of the immortality of the self. Krishna provides direct information about the self. The self is not of nature’s elements, and nobody completely understands it. A body can be discarded but not the self. A sincere seeker has a total conviction about Sadhana (spiritual practice). To practice yoga of wisdom is to experience immortality.
Yoga of Action: Karma yoga is the way of selfless action – a natural state of not feeling the need of anything. A yogi is a witness and understands the secret of karma by perceiving action from the state of inaction, and enjoying inaction in the midst of action. He has gone beyond pairs of opposites, maintains equanimity in success and/or failure, and although it appears that he is doing things, he is not bound by his actions.
Yoga of Renunciation: Freedom from the dualities of the mind brings liberation. We can watch our own life movie because we are not the ones doing things. By letting go of attachments to results, becoming the observer, and dedicating our actions to God, we experience higher states of consciousness. Atman becomes Brahman (God) and rises above the constant changes in this world.
Yoga of Meditation: We do everything as an offering to Brahman and we make our daily activities a meditation routine. Every time that the mind wanders away, we continue to bring it back to rest in the true self to experience the infinite bliss of Brahman. We see Atman in all beings because all bodies and minds are made of the same elements of nature. When we see this essential unity, we are in full communion with Brahman.
Yoga of Devotion: Devotees that are the nearest to God think of the welfare of all other creatures, renounce attachments, and mediate on God with a one-pointed mind. This renunciation is followed by PEACE.
Yoking mental consciousness with infinite consciousness is a spiritual practice and it doesn’t happen overnight. No matter what happens, I will never give up trying to reach the ultimate Truth. Most importantly, I believe it’s important to not just carry a big book and loose the essential teaching of the Gita. I feel that if one chooses to be good and do good, that one is partially there. We are Krishna, and Krishna is Us.
From February 16 to March 02, 2014, Yogimani will be traveling to India to guide the Meditation program of the Yoga Retreat with Astrud. Please, call 888-359-7776 to learn more.