Unlike popular belief and suggestions by the great “thinkers” and intellectuals, Bhagwad Gita is not a message. It is certainly not a book. It is a process. A process of raising consciousness.
If it was a book, it would have been very easy. Krishna would have thrust the book into Arjun’s hands at night and asked him to read and come prepared to fight the Mahabharat in the morning. Why fret? Why spend time in “Viraat Roop” etc?
If it was a message, then Sanjay heard it first hand. Dhritrashtra heard it second hand. None of them are known as enlightened beings.
If Moksha is the final goal of Gita, and if the message didn’t lead the first hand listening to the message to reach enlightenment, then it is obvious that either Gita is not what it is supposed to be, or it is more than what we think it is.
Spiritual Liberation is not in words. It is not in books. It is in transformation. And Krishna selected only ONE person for that work. Not Yudhister, not Bheem, not Bhishma, but Arjun.
Our problem is that none of us wants to be Arjun. None of wants to be taken through a “process”… but everyone wants to have a Gita. It cannot happen so. If books could create Spiritual liberation, then Greeks of yore would have been the most enlightened people! We all know that they were into intellectual juggling as opposed to real liberation.
To know Bhagwad Gita is not easy. It shouldn’t be. For, then why would you need Krishna for it? If the real essence of Gita was in its words, then everyone reading and lecturing on Gita could be a Krishna. Sadly for the preachers, and thankfully for the humanity, it doesn’t work that way. Unless you have reached the consciousness of Krishna, you cannot understand the import of Gita in any way.
In Yoga Vashishta, Sage Vashishta discusses the entire “message” of Gita with Ram. He says how Krishna will share it with Arjun in the next Yuga. The Sadhana that Ram was being taken through couldn’t have been complete without the process of Gita being complete between Him and Sage Vashishta. Gita happens where there is consciousness high enough to be divine.
Similarly, when Ramana Maharishi took people through the transformational process, Gita happened. When Naren was transformed into Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna made Gita happen. If Gita was an intellectual pursuit, then Naren was more than equipped! Truth is he wasn’t. Until Ramakrishna had worked on him, Swami Vivekananda hadn’t blossomed as Arjuna had. In that blossoming, Krishna’s Gita happens. For, no grammar and no recitation can make or break Gita. It is the Song of that which is manifest and that which isn’t. It is NOT a Song that can be sung. It is a Song that can dissolve the one who has the ability to immerse in it.
Reading is easy, for you are bigger than the word you read. Listening is easy, for you listen what your senses can pick up. Immersing is very tough, for it happens when you and your senses are no more.. it dissolves your being. In that lies the melody and the beat of the manifest and the unmanifest. Krishna’s Gita resides there. It is the process of being a listener. A receiver. Prepared for complete dissolution. Gita happens to those who are willing to put their entire existence on the line! Anything less shouldn’t be worth having a Krishna as the teacher.