10.10: The Gita provides not just eyes, but also wings

by January 15, 2012

The Bhagavad-gita (10.10) points to the devotional dynamics that comprise buddhi-yoga (the yoga of wisdom). The dynamics underlying this compound word buddhi-yoga are twofold:

  1. The yoga that awards buddhi: When we serve Krishna by engaging in the yoga of love (bhakti-yoga), he grants us the wisdom and the vision (buddhi) to see beyond the daily reality that usually occupies our eyes and minds. The philosophical vision provided by the Gita helps focus our attention on the eternal spiritual reality that is permeated with beauty and ecstasy.
  2. The buddhi that awards yoga: When we use this philosophical vision to serve Krishna and fulfill his benevolent purposes in this world, he purifies and raises our consciousness to the pure, selfless, loving level that is necessary for attaining the spiritual realm. There we are forever connected with Krishna in an ecstatic re-union of love, which is the culmination of all yoga.

Thus the Gita’s philosophy gifts us the eyes to see Krishna’s world of love and the Gita’s devotional practices grant us the wings to lovingly fly back to that world.

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