Conversation held on Thursday April 12th, 2018 at 12 Noon EST.  

“How may I know you, yogin, in my constant meditations? In what various modes of being may I meditate on you, my lord?” (Chapter 10,  line 15-20)

Chapters 9 and 10 

Opening Question

Krishna says at the opening of Chapter 9, the “royal wisdom” he is teaching Arjuna is to be “learned from immediate evidence, conforms to the Law, is easy to accomplish, and permanent.”  We want to unpack this thought.

Observations and Reflections

This week’s reading confirmed the suspicion we had last week: in the practice set forth in this book, the mind is empty only the relative sense of being empty of all other thoughts that distract attention away from the true nature of Krishna and reality.  The question of who Krishna is becomes of paramount importance, and yet the answer lies readily at hand, in all the familiar places one might look, both in nature and in religious practices (lines 20-40). 

In this sense, what we have to learn is of “immediate evidence” and is “easy to accomplish”.

Krishna is in a way all things, or the best of all the best things. But if one is to “think only of Krishna, and none other” – as Krishna says – and Krishna is the “eternal unmanifest beyond the unmanifest, which while all beings perish, does not yet perish” (Chapter 8)…how is one to think only of Krishna? In chapters 7 through 10, Krishna appears to be saying that there are tracks or clues of traces of himself in all manifest things, and even in the gods.  One might think of those traces or tracks as leading to Krishna, or as immediate evidence of Krishna’s ubiquitous presence. But even so, one would still not quite have one’s mind on Krishna, only traces or footprints.

Devotedness to Krishna then would be devotion to this problem – which is like the challenge of ‘thinking nothing’ only on a much greater scale.

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