Mann ki See, Mann ki Do- The Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 13
Arjun asks, “What is prakriti (field) and purusha (knower)?”
Krishna explains that our bodies are the fields and those who realize this are the knowers. He knows every body. That’s why he says that true knowledge entails knowing both the field and the knower.
What comprises prakriti?
- The 5 elements- earth, fire, water, air, and ether
- Ego, intellect and the unconscious
- 10 sense apparatus- eye, ear, nose, skin, tongue and hands, feet, mouth, anus, genital plus mind
- 5 sense places- sound, touch, color, taste, smell
- Attraction and repulsion
- Pleasure and pain
In short, the entire organism, together with awareness and will.
What is purusha?
Practising what’s right and paying attention to the teacher. Keeping imperfections like birth, death, sickness in mind. Not desiring sense objects and not thinking of oneself as having an ego.
What do you need to know for immortality?
Brahman. It is ultimate light and darkness both. It is in all the sense organs and seems to have their qualities but is free from all the senses. Although it is not attached to anything it holds everything.
It has no qualities but experiences everything through the sense organs of animate and inanimate beings. Brahman is not one made up of many parts but one made up of many beings. It is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of beings.
Both purusha and prakriti are eternal. Prakriti is the reason for karma while purusha experiences pleasure and pain. Purusha is reborn depending on the company kept. Krishna is in this body as the ultimate purusha.
Whatever is born comes from the union of prakriti and purusha. Those who see brahman in everything don’t hurt others, for that would be like hurting themselves. They realize that all actions are done by prakriti and not by purusha.
In short, she who can differentiate between prakriti and purusha gets immortality.
It’s complicated, K
Makes up not my I
Moreover I shouldn’t
Bother about my I
Until now we talked
About me in brahman
Now brahman in me.
I’m beginning to see
With my inner eye
To not eye my I.