Knowledge through direct experience
1. These talks of mine are not meant to
each others. No doubt, those who want to profit from them may surely
do so. For my part, when I talk on the Gita, I regard it - as
Ramanaama. As I go on speaking, it is to me the same experience as
uttering the names of God.
2. Between what I have been saying
now and the Ninth Chapter there is a close connection. In this
Chapter is described the rare power of the name of God. This chapter
is placed at the center of the Gita, as the Gita itself is at the
center of the Mahabharata. For many reasons, this Chapter has been
considered holy. It is said Jnandev, in his final samadhi (trance),
recited this Chapter and breathed his last. At the very thought of
this Chapter, tears come to my eyes, and my heart is full.
is the gift, Vyasadeva has given to us! This is his gift not to
India alone, but to all mankind. What the Lord taught to Arjuna
could not be expressed in words. But Vyasa, moved by compassion, put
it into Sanskrit speech; he clothed in words the ineffable secret.