The Object of Knowledge – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 13-19

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I shall now tell you about the Object of Knowledge. With this knowledge you can attain immortality. It is the beginningless Supreme Brahman, which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent, with hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, mouths and faces everywhere, and hearing everywhere in the world. Brahman surrounds all. 

  • Brahman – Absolute God/Truth.
  • The Object of Knowledge – Brahman (Absolute God) is the object, or objective, of Knowledge.
  • Beginningless Supreme Brahman (Absolute God), which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent  That which is not non-existent constitutes the Real.

“With hands and feet everywhere.” Lord Krishna is demonstrating that all the physical-material world is surrounded by Brahman, Absolute God. Not only the senses and their powers (i.e. ears and hearing, eyes and seeing), but the ‘organs of action’ as well (i.e. hands and feet).

“Everywhere” and “surrounds.”  By specifically suggesting the physical aspects of the senses and the mind, we are being reminded that, even though what we really are is not our bodies, Brahman is behind this physical-material phenomena that we all share as human beings. Now we wonder why this is so important to know, so we look at their functions:

  • hands – doing
  • feet – going
  • eyes – seeing
  • ears – hearing
  • mouths – speaking
  • heads – thinking

The five organs of perception, the five organs of action and the brain, have become manifest in the material world from powers we already have as Divine Individuals.

You have eyes because you can see, you have hands because you can act, you have a brain because you have a mind, and you have a mind because you have the ability to be conscious.

All these physical-material aspects of our bodies have functions that they perform. They all do something: The organs of sense, perceive. The organs of action, act. The mind knows, remembers and thinks. An now we are back to the eleven senses as physical manifestations: five organs of sense, five organs of action, and the brain.

The Sanskrit is sarva (all) āvṛitya (enclosing or hiding, and turning or cycling) and tiṣhṭhati (continuing). The meaning of this is that it is Brahman, Absolute God, that is hidden to us, and is behind the continuing cycles of this phenomenon we call Life and the World. Brahman is not making this happen; it spontaneously flows from the Absolute because of our relationship with each other.

As Beings, we are all going around in circles because Absolute God is hidden from us, and yet what is hidden, is hidden because of Absolute God. So what are we to do?

The very thing we are after is hiding itself from us by its being right here — it seems illusive but it is staring us in the face.

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15  Even though It appears as the senses, It is devoid of senses. Indifferent to everything, It maintains everything, and although devoid of gunas, It experiences the gunas. 

Alternate translation:
It perceives sense objects without any senses, is not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though free of gunas, it rules the gunas.

Put like this, what we see is self-mastery: “You perceive sense objects without their organs, you are not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though you are free of the gunas, you rule the gunas (they no longer rule you).”

  • Gunas – the three modes, or qualities, of Nature that influence us: goodness (sattva), passion (rajas) and darkness (tamas).

16  It is inside and outside of all beings, whether moving or still. It is remote and also near, and It is incomprehensible because of its subtlety.

This is also true of You. You are in your body and outside it, and even in the bodies of other beings.

  • Subtlety – ‘so delicate or precise as to be difficult to comprehend; arranged in an ingenious and elaborate way.’

17  Maintaining and pervading beings, invisible and yet abiding in beings as if divided, It is the Object of Knowledge.  

As a Being, you seem to be separate from other Beings, but the Real You is not.

  • Object of Knowledge – the object, or objective, that ought to be known: Brahman, Absolute God.

18  Just as the sun and the light of the sun are said to be beyond darkness, it is the knowledge of the Object of Knowledge that is attainable through the True Knowledge residing in the hearts of all.

What you really are knows everything.

  • Heart – hṛidi, the heart as the seat of feelings and emotions, the interior, or core, of the being.

19  Thus is described in brief, the Field, Knowledge, and the Object of Knowledge. My devotee for whom this is realized, attains My state. 

Lord Krishna concludes this string of several verses by reminding us that this knowledge is the Highest Knowledge, and if we can grasp it, it will bring us into realization of, and identity with, His state. This state is what He called in the beginning of this chapter, Immortality.

  • My state – Lord Krishna’s state of divinity as Imperishable Absolute God, Absolute Goodness.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma

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