13.18 iti kṣetraṁ tathā jñānaṁ (Original)

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Chapter 13

<< Chapter 13 verse 17


iti kṣetraṁ tathā jñānaṁ
jñeyaṁ coktaṁ samāsataḥ
mad-bhakta etad vijñāya

‘In brief has thus been told (thee what is) Kshetra, Knowledge and the Knowable. My Bhakta, well knowing this, is fitted for My state.’

Thus, a concise description of what constitutes the principle of Kshetra has been given beginning with: ‘The great Elements, Ahaṇkāra etc.,’ (Gi: XIII-5). and ending with: ‘…..the aggregate, the basis for the soul’ (Gi: XIII-6); of the Knowledge-means by which to know the Knowable soul-principle in; ‘Reverence etc’ (Gi: XIII-7) up to: ‘Meditation of Knowledge regarding (spiritual) truths’ (Gi: XIII-11) and of the truths regarding the Knowable or Kshetrajña-principle, in : ‘Beginningless having Me as Goal etc’ (Gi: XIII-12) up to: ‘Centred in every heart’ (Gi: XIII-17).

My bhakta knowing this = knowing the truths regarding (1) Kshetra, (2) the means by which to reach the (or realize) soul-nature as distinct from Kshetra, and (3) Kshetrajña.

Is fitted for My state: My state is My nature, different from samsāra (material mundane existence). To reach this state he becomes competent.

Now (1) the beginninglessness of the conjoint state of the two distinct-natured verities, matter and soul, (2) the difference of function which (in union) each is supposed to perform and (3) how these two principles came to be conjoined, will be treated of:

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