What is it?
It is the knowledge about the origin of all; the origin of all that we witness on this planet earth and in the universe.
How is it relevant in the 21st Century world?
The 21st century world signifies a new world in the history of human development. It is the world of science, rationality, innovation, technology. How is Braham vidya relevant in this world?
Think of a cash counter person in a big retail store. S/he is dealing with machine, money, business, technology, science, innovation, outsmarting competition, reengineering processes, disrupting conventional and traditional, doing different or differently. Isn’t the time for her/him to think future, forward or still engage with Braham Vidya, that is centuries old?
I would say that all that has been listed above surrounding her / him are various forms of the creation. Definitely, more such will be created as we go forward in the future.
But what is the origin all, will not change. Because, by definition that is the origin of all, in the past, present and future.
Where to learn about Braham Vidya?
Your ready reference is Bhagvad Gita. That is 5000 years old book, as relevant today as then. It is available in possibly every language of the world. The Gitapress, Gorakhpur, India is the ready source for its publication and reprints. While many commentaries are also available, the Gitapress provides, original, AS IT IS; no commentary. The advantage of working with a commentary may be that it facilitates learning, but each commentary is also a reflection of the personal values, faith, beliefs and biases of the commentator.
Where does it say that Bhagvad Gita is a book of Braham Vidya?
Indeed, when you would see the end of each Chapter of Bhagvad Gita, it is clearly stated that it is , ‘Braham Vidyayam Yog Shastre’, meaning it is a book that unites (connects) you with Braham Vidya. By the way, Bhagvad Gita has 18 chapters and you may read it at the end of each of those 18 chapters.
What are the elements of Braham Vidya?
To take a summary view of the elements of Braham Vidya, you may look up Chapter 2- 18 headings in Bhagvad Gita. Here are those headings reproduced for your quick reference:
- Sankhyayoga or the Yoga of Knowledge
- Karamyoga or the Yoga of Action
- The Yoga of Knowledge as well as the disciplines of Action and Knowledge
- The Yoga of Action and Knowledge
- The Yoga of Self Control
- The Yoga of gyana (Knowledge of Nirgun Brahma, Formless Supreme) and Vigyana (Knowledge of manifest Divinity, forms of creation)
- The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahma
- The Yoga of the Sovereign Science and the Sovereign Secret
- The Yoga of the Divine Glories
- The Yoga of the Vision of the Universal Form
- The Yoga of Devotion
- The Yoga of Discrimination between the Field (Body) and the Knower of the Field (the Supreme)
- The Yoga of the Classification of Three Gunas (Attributes: Sattav, Rajas and Tamas)
- The Yoga of the Supreme Person
- The Yoga of the Discrimination between the Divine and the Demoniacal Properties (human conduct and activities)
- The Yoga of the Classification of the Threefold Faith (Sattav, Rajas, Tamas)
- The Yoga of Liberation through the path of Knowledge and Self Surrender (Self Realization)
Liberation from what?
- Dejection, Delusion that is faced by every Human Being, time to time, in her/ his life. It is discussed in the Bhagvad Gita as The Yoga of Dejection of Arjuna, in Chapter 1.
Here is a nice teaser. More depends on your time and inclination. But the book is simply great (low cost, high ROI) guide to your success, peace, prosperity and happiness. Happy Reading Bhagvad Gita!
Dr Sat Parashar, PhD is former Director, IIM Indore. He teaches at University of California, San Diego, and is a Financial Services Professional. He may be reached at [email protected]