In the Bhagavad Gita, when Arjuna has a glimpse of awakening, he notices that his actions had until now been motivated by his egoic desires for glory and wealth.This moment of awakening occurs right on the battlefield with Arjuna caught in middle of a fratricidal war.
As the aperture to reality opens and the light of awareness starts to dawn, the concepts that used to bolster our sense of self and purpose collapse. This leaves the mind, and the remnants of the egoic personality at a loss. Arjuna finds himself unable to make a decision about the course of action required.
Soon, Arjuna comes to realize that he was never in the driver’s seat to begin with. Life, the infinite creative force of the universe as embodied by Krishna has always been driving itself all along. Once Arjuna surrenders his illusion of control, and truly bottoms out, he begins to receive the guidance of his higher self as to what direction to take. This leaves him empowered and inspired – he is able source within himself a fountain of unimaginable strength. When the mind is not wasting energy sustaining a dysfunctional sense of separation, this frees up a tremendous amount of Prana!
The Bhagavad Gita guides the spiritual seeker though the initial stages of awakening through its inspiring story and points out the common traps the ensnare the mind back into identification with form. As one begins to wake up from the dream, the mind – at a loss – tries to grasp and cling onto thin air as we fall through space. Great, ancient spiritual literature can provide a roadmap that one can turn to for guidance. They do not provide ultimate answers – eventually one needs to have their very own experience.
Come and enjoy the last Dharma talk of this series as Nikhil prepares to move to New Mexico to deepen his study of Eastern Classics!
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Free Dharma Talk, Wednesday May 21, 7:30-8:45pm