Wednesday, July 10, 2013

VII: 26

Chapter 7, Verse 26

"I know all beings who have passed
And all who live now, Arjuna,
And all who are yet to be.
At the same time,
I am beyond all knowing."

Father Bede Griffiths:

This ultimate mystery cannot be known in the conventional sense.  Conventional knowledge refers to things in space and time.  We do not normally know that which is beyond.  "Knowing" generally means known by the mind, but when you get beyond the mind's faculties, it becomes possible to experience That which is beyond.

Sri Eknath Easwaran:

Knowledge in the ordinary sense is confined to the ever-changing realm of Nature [Prakriti].  Its mode of knowing is the intellect which functions by dividing things into bits. It can tell us much about the ripples on the surface, but its purview does not include the vast ocean depths where all the ripples are held together in one vast, indivisible whole.

Astronomy textbooks are rewritten every few years, but scriptures like the Gita and the Gospels never become dated.  The values they teach are as valuable now as they were thousands of years ago, and thousands of years from now, these values will still need to be cultivated if we are to be at peace.

Paramahansa Yogananda:

Divine consciousness has neither past nor future, because it is not interrupted by death and limitation.  Eternal consciousness has one time: the ever present.  God looks through the window of infinite consciousness on the film of finite happenings of past, present and future shown on the screen of space and time, moving forwards and backwards in an Eternal Now.

A friend:

Space and time are the sponsors of duality.

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