In the last verse we discovered that the way we take refuge in God is how God reciprocates. Put another way: You get what you worship.
Those who desire success in the world worship the gods here in this world. In this world success comes quickly through action.
One might be tempted to think that since all is God, one might just as well worship God any ole way he pleases. If he worships fame he should get fame. If he worships money he should get money. There is truth to this. Such a person, filled with the desire for money, for instance, has his attention fixed on getting it at all times, and deems it the most important thing in existence. He is worshipping it so he will likely get it. Money is his god.
“The gods here in this world”
The word for ‘god’ in Sanskrit is deva, and in this usage means ‘a sense organ, an entitled person, or a person or thing idolized or held in high regard here on earth’.
One ‘worships’ when there is an intense and constant desire or longing for something. What that something is, is the ‘object’ of one’s worship. In worshipping the adored object, the attention is fixed on it with uninterrupted focus. By keeping the attention on something intently enough, and long enough, union with it is achieved—you get what you worship. It is simple cause and effect.
“In this world success comes quickly through action.”
The action is ‘sacrifice‘. What is sacrificed yields results according to the nature of the sacrifice. For instance, water evaporates from the oceans (sacrifice) and the result is rain. Sacrifice to ‘the gods here in this world’ is the action by which success is attained here in this world. The sacrificial action that produces success may take the form of energy, time, effort, and/or the act of paying intent, resolute attention to the object of worship here in this world.
The four castes were created by Me according to the divisions of the qualities of nature and their interactions. Although I created them, know Me to be eternally non-doing.
Looking at these categories of people, we discover that they all sacrifice and how they do.
“The four castes were created by Me according to the divisions of the qualities of nature and their interactions.”
The four castes are four broad categories of the kinds of things we humans are inclined to do according to the predominance of certain characteristics of nature (gunas) that we bear. Following the previous verse with this subject, it seems likely that what is being suggested is that the way one worships, or sacrifices, ‘here in this world’ is associated with these traits.
The teacher’s sacrifice is teaching, the scholar’s sacrifice is study, and so forth. By their sacrifices, they succeed in their objectives. By sacrificing to God in this manner (God is the object of their teaching, their study, etc.), they attain God.
You get what you worship.
These categories have transitioned over time from being descriptive to being a system written in stone, however, they are good ways of seeing the different kinds of abilities people generally have.
Any system can become a trap when humans try to regulate and enforce it. Krishna has urged Arjuna to a battle that will end in all this getting mixed up, and while Arjuna sees this as a reason not to fight, Krishna tells him to get on with it.
“Although I created them, know Me to be eternally non-doing.”
First He says He creates something and in the next breath He says that He never does anything. So He creates something without doing anything…? Non-doership has been the subject throughout this chapter. But how can anything happen without our doing something?
“Created” — srishta ( सृष्ट ) – ‘let go, discharged, brought forth, produced, created,’ and ‘firmly resolved’.
The keys to understanding this statement is to keep in mind that…
- ‘Non-doing’ does not mean that nothing happens.
- All action occurs in nature.
- The actions of nature are produced by the interactions of the gunas.
- God in Its relative form is Nature (i.e., mind, intelligence, ego, earth, water, fire, air and ether).
One achieves the state of ‘non-doership’ upon achieving this understanding experientially. This experience occurs spontaneously through Surrender Meditation (Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga).
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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