The dawn of Purushottama-yoga
: attainment of divine qualities
1. In the first five Chapters of
the Gita, we saw the whole scheme of life and the means of achieving
life's purposes. Then, from the Sixth to the Eleventh Chapter we had
a vision of bhakti. In the Twelfth Chapter we compared the saguna
and nirguna forms and saw the qualities of the bhakta.
Throughout this Chapter we analyzed
thoroughly the two principles of karma and bhakti.
Then there remained the third principle of jnana and this we
studied in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Chapters. We
learnt how to separate the Self from the body, how to master the
three gunas and in the end see God everywhere. The Fifteenth
Chapter gave us the complete science of life, which reaches
perfection in purushottama-yoga. After that, nothing remains.
2. I cannot bear to see karma,
jnana and bhakti separated. To some seekers
established in karma, this is the only thing that appears
worth-while. Others regard bhakti as an independent method
and place all their emphasis on it. Still others choose jnana.
Life does not mean mere karma or mere bhakti or mere jnana.
I do not like this "mere" philosophy. And I do not accept
the opposite view that would combine karma, bhakti and
jnana. Nor do I like the utilitarian philosophy of a little
of bhakti, a little of jnana and a little of karma.