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Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 5, sloka 16, part 2

JNANENA TU TAD AJNANAM ESHAM NASHITAM ATMANAHA
TESHAAM ADITYAVAY AJNANAM PRAKASHAYATI TAT PARAM

 

To those whose ignorance is destroyed by the knowledge of the Atman, shining like the sun, reveals the supreme to them.

 

The sun is ever shining in the sky during the day time. Many a times, he is not seen because of the dark clouds in the sky blocking him. Even a small cloud can block the view of the sun. It does not mean the sun is not there but it only means that the cloud blocks the sun and benefit of sun is not obtained because of the cloud. As soon as the cloud moves away, the sun shines forth in his brilliance. It was not that the sun was not there. But, he was hidden by the dark clouds.

 

The sun is to be looked upon as the example of the “Atman”, The clouds as the “Ignorance.”Atman, self luminous shines forth.

 

Let us look at the idol of the Lord in a temple in the inner sanctorum. The tradition is that the inner sanctorum is a dark room with the statue of the Lord within. Lamps are placed on either side of the idol. As soon as the lamps are lit, the idol shines forth.

 

“The Atman” within is self-luminous. It is covered by ignorance known as “Ego”. When we remove the mask of ego, the Atman shine forth in its full brilliance.

 

The body, mind and the senses have to do their worldly duties without the sense of ego. This is the perfect state of “Total, Intense meditation.” In this state, we can see the God within and all round. 

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