Sri Krishna and the Field of Action – Br. Shankara

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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field of actionDuring February, we are studying Karma Yoga, a spiritual path centered on the abandonment of selfishness, and service to others. Working in this spirit, your thoughts and actions are increasingly inspired by a recognition of the Divine Essence within yourself, and in every person or being that you serve.

In Chapter 13 of Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells his friend and disciple Arjuna:

“This body is called the Field, because a man sows seeds of action in it, and reaps their fruits. Wise men say the Knower of the Field is he who watches what takes place within this body.

Recognize me as the Knower of the Field in every body. I regard discrimination between the Field and the Knower as the highest kind of knowledge.”

Karma means action. Here, Sri Krishna defines the knowledge we must find within ourselves, to succeed on the path of selfless action — Karma Yoga.

In this talk, we explore Ch. 13 further. This may help us understand how, in Ch. 3, Sri Krishna can make this tremendous, reassuring promise: “Even a little practice of (karma) yoga will save you from the terrible wheel of rebirth and death.”