“Vision is ever in proportion to mastery of the mind and the senses.”
~Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans.
Let us expand the teaching of revered Gurudev for having a transparent understanding.
Dharm is a field for combat.
When there is abundance of divinity in the realm of the heart,
the body is transmuted into a Dharmkshetr ( field of dharm ),
but it degenerates into a Kurukshetr
when it is infested with demoniacal powers.
Kuru means “do;” the word is an imperative.
As Lord Krishn has said:
“Driven by the three properties born out of prakriti (nature)
man is compelled to act;
without action he cannot even live for a moment.”
These properties, virtue, ignorance, and passion, compel him to act.
Even in sleep action does not cease,
for it is the necessary sustenance for the body.
The three properties bind men,
from the level of gods to that of the lowest creatures such as worms.
So long as the material world and its properties are,
kuru must be.
Therefore, the sphere of birth and death,
of that which is evolved from a previous source or prakriti (nature)
whereas the sphere of righteous impulses which guide the Self to God,
the highest spiritual reality,
Lord Krishna has taught:
“This body is itself,
a battlefield, and one who conquers it
grows spiritually dexterous by perceiving its essence.”
He then elaborates the structure of this “battlefield,”
sphere of action constituted
the objective and the subjective mind,
the ego, the five elements, and the three properties.
The body itself is a field, a ring or an arena.
The forces that clash on this field are twofold,
the godly and the ungodly,
the divine and the devilish,
the offspring of Pandu and those of Dhritrashtr,
the forces that are congenial to the essentially divine character
the Self and those which offend and demean it.
The clue to the mystery of the conflict
between the opposed impulses begins to be seen
when one turns for enlightenment to an exalted sage
who has enriched himself with worship and meditation.
This field belongs to one who realizes its essence,
the war fought on it is the only real war.
History is crowded with wars of the world,
but the victors in these wars have but sought in vain
for a permanent conquest.
These wars were nothing beyond acts of retribution.
True victory lies in subduing matter and in perceiving,
as well as becoming one with,
the Supreme Spirit that transcends it.
This is the only conquest in which there is no prospect of defeat.
This is true salvation after which there are no fetters of birth and death.
The mind lying in the abyss of ignorance perceives
through self restraint who has mastered the mind and the senses,
thus knows what has transpired on the battlefield,
where fighters include even those who have known its reality.
Thus, vision is ever in proportion to mastery of the mind and the senses.
Bow down in lotus feet of revered Gurudev for such teaching to me.
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