Says the Bhagavad Gita about Jesus

Make an effort

Free translation of a chapter from the book "Lead us from darkness unto Light" ". Summary of a lecture by Swami Chidananda.

"Be your own savior says Krishna" - that is the title of the chapter.

Make an effort

Swami Chidananda says:

“Radiant immortal soul, blessed and beloved child of God, the Bhagavad Gita is the quintessence of all the sacred scriptures of our tradition. If you know the Bhagavad Gita thoroughly and have studied it well with deep mindfulness, then you do not actually need to study any other scriptures, for all practical spiritual wisdom is in the Bhagavad Gita.

The great scribes say that every single shloka is important. Not a single shloka is superfluous. Every Shloka can say so much. And there are some scribes who have done very deep research that they have described each verse very intensely. Every word in the Bhagavad Gita has a specific purpose. Sanskrit is sometimes a little complicated in meaning. Sometimes the words have very deep meanings and different meanings. Sometimes you have to interpret the words differently.

Krishna says:

For example, Krishna says: “Anityam asukham lokam imam prabha bhajans swayam - you have come into this transitory world that is full of worry and where there is no real happiness and joy. Adore me. ”In this way you can grow beyond worry. In this way you can grow beyond all worries and all pain and come to a state of highest bliss. This is how Krishna described the nature of life on this earth and at the same time described how you get out of there. Anityam-Asukham - This world is fleeting and without real joy. That is the nature of the world. When you have realized that what is in this world is not eternal, then you can better accept impermanence. If you have realized that there is no joy in this world, then you will not get sad either when you find that there is no joy here.

Anityam-Asukham-Lokam - this world is not eternal and it is without happiness. imam prabha bhajans swayam - this describes the method of liberation from this imperfect experience of the world. That means adore me. This phrase “adore me” can be interpreted in so many different ways. One interpretation is make an effort. Realize that the world is anitya and asukha, ephemeral and without joy and secondly, worship God through your practices, through spiritual exercises. Then the grace of God will pull you out of this transitory world and you will attain the highest.

Swami Chidananda continues:

I would like to draw your attention to something that the great world teacher Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita in the sixth chapter: "Udaret atman anatman". He says to Arjuna: “O Arjuna, the self can be saved by the self alone. You have to save yourself. You are your own savior and deliverer. ”You probably like some knowledge of Christian beliefs. And here it is often said that the basic statement is that Jesus Christ is the deliverer. Only Jesus Christ can save you. Only Jesus Christ is the Savior, the Redeemer. Nobody else. Is that in contradiction to what Krishna says, set yourself free? No, that's not a contradiction. We know that only the grace of God can set a person free. Jesus is ultimately only the grace of God. You can simply interpret the word Jesus as the grace of God. Ultimately, Jesus and God's grace are the same.

Ramanuja's philosophy

Ramanuja's philosophy is also based on the doctrine of Pratpati, that is, of grace and self-devotion. Pratpati actually means complete surrender and submission to the will of God and only through this can one be liberated. So says Ramanuja. But only when there is this absolute submission can liberation come. Only when the individual himself makes the necessary effort to recognize his mistake and then decides to turn away from all mistakes, ultimately recognizes that he has so far led a life that is not so good, then repents for it, he regrets what he has done only if the individual turns to Jesus and accepts him as his personal savior. Only then can Jesus bring about enlightenment or redemption.

You yourself have to say: “O God, please come. O Jesus, please come. I accept you as my personal savior. Please come and deliver me from all sins. ”If man does not do this, then even Jesus cannot lead man to salvation. Jesus says: “Come to me, come to me alone. You can reach the Father through me alone. ”So the first step must come from the individual. The individual must say, “Please help me.” The individual must say, “You alone can save me. You alone can be my savior. You can be my Savior. ”Jesus cannot make this decision for us. Krishna cannot make this decision either. Even the guru cannot make this decision. You have to repent of your mistakes and you have to make the resolution to grow beyond that and then turn to God.

The need for your own effort

Whether you call him Krishna or Jesus, Krishna and Jesus are nothing but expressions of divine grace. Through Krishna or Jesus and thus through the expression of divine grace, you come to the divine when you accept grace and then practice it yourself. Suppose you drown, maybe you have already been shipwrecked. Maybe 50-100 people are fighting for their lives. And now another ship comes and throws various ropes into the water. The ropes are ultimately the lifeline. And then you have to make an effort to hold onto that rope yourself. If you don't hold onto the rope even with enough rope thrown into the water, you will drown. Therefore Krishna says: "Udaret atman anatman - the self itself must arise." This necessity of one's own effort can of course also be connected with the doctrine of grace. Grace is thrown upon you and so you can seek grace. Accept grace, open yourself to grace, and then make an effort. The mother may give the child something to eat. The child has to eat by himself. The doctor may prescribe medication. The patient has to take it himself. In this sense Udaret atman anatman - the self can be liberated by the self alone.

Make an effort

The lower self is trapped in ignorance. The Maya binds the self. Hence, the self itself must strive to overcome this cage of Avidya to overcome the darkness of ignorance. Free the web of illusion and begin to discern. Have the right perception, the right thought, the right investigation, the right discernment. That is Abhyasa, the effort and Krishna says that through Abhyasa one can overcome all conditioning. Hence, strive, strive in the right way. Abhyasa means enduring effort, long-term effort without giving up. Without ever being satisfied with failure or being discouraged. Consciously say to yourself: may I succeed. I can be successful. I will succeed. In this way you are making sustained effort. And if you do that, then anything can be achieved. When that is done, nothing can be achieved that cannot be done. There is a saying in Hindi: “Even a stupid person can become wise through constant effort.” “Likewise, there is the expression:“ Constant dripping wears away the stone ”. With this in mind, make an effort.

Be full of confidence

Grace is important. But grace is always there. God's grace is always there. Be full of confidence. Be cheerful and tell yourself that with God's help you can achieve anything. Confidence shouldn't be pride or arrogance. But tell yourself: I can achieve anything with God's help. Hanuman himself had this robust form of self-confidence and with this conscious self-confidence, which was connected with trust in God, Hanuman was able to leap across the ocean from India to Sri Lanka. But he wasn't arrogant himself. He has only by the grace of God, by the grace of Rama I can do everything. He had this trust in God's grace and this trust in the divine name. And so self-confidence should also be something that comes from God. Have self-confidence out of trust in God. Be courageous, have confidence in yourself and have absolute confidence in the divine power. Then try to go in the right direction.

Overcome all base desires

God said that the seeker's uncontrolled self is his greatest enemy. But the controlled self is its greatest friend. Hence rise above your lower self. Have self-control, become a samyami, someone who has gained control over the senses. And so overcome all base desires. Then you will be able to stand up. Elevate yourself through yourself. If you are a slave to the senses and emotions, and if you are completely like a doll in the hands of desires and desires, then you will not attain God-Realization no matter how much grace is poured out on you.

Master your senses

Stand up. Understand all of this well. Realize what it takes to become your own savior. Elevate yourself as if by yourself. Be a samyami. Control your senses! Control your mind! Don't let your emotions and feelings dominate you. Ultimately, you sometimes have to be consistent with yourself. Make resolutions, and when you have made the resolutions, follow them. And when you find that you have broken your resolutions, do a little act of self-punishment. So you can be your own savior. For example, you could say, I haven't been true to my purpose, so I'm not going to eat tonight. Or if you haven't done your meditation in the morning, there is no food either. Or if you got up late, skip your favorite part of the diet.

If you haven't gotten rid of your anger during the day, consider what the consequences of that should be. Do this only five times and then your mind will obey you. Sri Gurudev Swami Sivananda himself followed this and came to God-realization. He learned this from Mahatma Gandhi, who also put it into practice. So develop different ways in which you can practice Udarat atman anatman. This important statement from Krishna. This important, ultimately encouraging statement from Krishna: “Lift yourself up through yourself. Trust God. Trust your ability to follow God's blessings. Practice, practice on yourself, practice self-exertion, self-conquest. This is how you come to the highest self. "

So much for the free translation of the chapter “Supreme grace and self effort the live triumphant” by Swami Chidananda. My name: Sukadev from

Viveka Chudamani - Make an effort and follow the instructions of a teacher

- Commentary on Viveka Chudamani verse 81 by Sukadev Bretz -

“Know that he who strolls foolishly on the path of sensual pleasure can be overcome by death at any moment. But those who follow the guidance of a wise teacher will achieve the goal through their own effort. Recognize this as pure truth. "

Don't be foolish - follow the teacher's instructions

Shankara is saying here that there is the path of the sense objects. Many people go this way. They want good food that they like, they want a nice apartment, a nice car, the best clothes, they want to have a nice vacation, they want to have the most beautiful woman or the best man or maybe have sex whenever they want and so on.

If they hear there's a great party there, then they want to go, if there is a new alcoholic drink, it is essential to have it or any other substance that creates special pleasure.

Sensual pleasure and the three Gunas

There are different sensual pleasures, one can even say that there are satiated, rajasic and tamasic sensual pleasures.

  • There are rajasic sensual pleasures, which are not immediately unhealthy, but which distract you and keep you from the spiritual path and which keep crying out for more.
  • And then there are the full sensual pleasures, those are the sensual pleasures that are healthy. A vegetarian meal, for example melon, mango, papaya or a well-prepared tofu dish or smoothie are very healthy. Listen to rich music or wear eco-friendly clothing that feels good, is ecologically acceptable and looks beautiful. Or exchange tenderness with your partner with whom you are in love or take your child in your arms. These are all satiated joys and satiated pleasures. And there is nothing against it at first, as long as you are not too attached, because the pleasures can also be over.

Do not learn to cling to objects

Clothes can break, your income situation can change in such a way that you cannot afford these organic items. Something may happen to your partner, and at some point your child will leave the house.

Accordingly, one should have full pleasures without attachment. And you should also know that not only do objects disappear, you are mortal too. At some point death will overtake you too. Everything sensual will eventually disappear. It is all the more important that you learn not to cling to these objects.

Follow the guidance of a wise master

Instead, follow the guidance of a wise master such as Shankaracharya. And then make an effort! So don't rely on what Master tells you either.

It is sometimes common in India and sometimes it has established itself in a phase in the West, the idea that you just have to throw yourself at the feet of the master and then the master will do everything for you. That is of course nonsensical. The master gives instructions, he can give inspiration, he can also transmit energy.

But it is up to you to open yourself to the energy of the Master. It is up to you to follow Master's instructions.

See also

More articles by Swami Chidananda in the Yoga Vidya Wiki


Literature by Swami Chidananda

  • Light Fountain (source of light)
  • Ponder these Truths
  • A Call to Liberation
  • Seek the Beyond
  • Early Morning Talks

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