Bhagavat Gita - Sloka 17
TADBUDDHAYAS TADATMA TANNISHTA TATPARAYANAHA
GACHYANTYA PUNARAVRTTIM JNANA NIRDHOOSHA KALMASHAHA.
Intellect absorbed in “That”, Self being “That”, established in “That”, “That” being the supreme goal, they go whence there is no return, their sins dispelled by knowledge.
Tat Parayanaha: That being the Supreme goal. This refers to the practice of “Meditation”.
The sastras advice that “God realisation” should be the goal in life. “God realisation” means realising the presence of God in all and respecting the God in all.
Gachyanti Apanaravruttim: They go whence there is no return.
In the material world we live in, absorbed in acquiring material gains we spend our time fulfilling our wishes and dreams. We have examples of businessmen, industrialists, politicians who have succeeded in their efforts by being totally absorbed in that and established in that objective. The success gained in the material world is related to time, space and causation. The happiness of achieving this success is not permanent.
On the contrary, the “Peace, Bliss” experienced on uniting with the Parabrahman is the end of spiritual journey. It is union with the “Supreme”. When there are no more vasanas stored in the mind and the mind does not register any new vasanas it is said to be the ideal condition to merge with Brahman.
This can happen only when their sins are dispelled by knowledge. The “sins” referred to here are the “vasanas.” Clearing the stored vasanas in the mind and not letting new vasanas get registered in the mind comes from “Knowledge”. Highest knowledge the sastras would like us to develop is understanding the Mahavakya “Tat Tvam Asi.”
Let us all stop in our path for a moment, contemplate on what progress we have made and on our future actions in relation to the goal of life, make a critical self-analysis of our actions in relation to our life, and we are sure to succeed and experience “Sat Chit Ananda.”