Chapter 13 Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga Verse 1
Prakritim purusham chaiva kshetram kshetrajnameva cha;
Etadveditumicchaami jnaanam jneyam cha keshava.
I wish to learn about Nature and the Spirit, the Field and the Knower of the Field,
knowledge and that which ought to be known.
The Bhakti Yoga got over and Arjuna is asking an altogether different question to Lord Krishna and thus opens up a new chapter in Bhagavad Gita. This chapter is called “Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga” or the Yoga separating the matter and spirit. This is also called the Yoga of the field and the knower of the field. It starts with Arjuna asking
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Kshetra means physical body or the entity that occupies space. Kshetrajna means something which is matter-less or something that occupies no space. This is also called as the eternal soul. Arjuna by the sheer knowledge of the Vishwaroopa darshana yoga and Bhakti yoga had catapult himself into a realm of wise. That makes him to think about the importance of body and the soul. The knowledge of one’s body makes him to understand the soul. So body here is referred to as the field and by knowing or acquiring all the knowledge about one’s body, he becomes the knower of the field.
The field of a person consists of 5 elements that we have already discussed, the ego, the intellect and the ten organs. Step by step one needs to understand and know about each of them. Then we need to understand about the soul. Soul here is supreme as it keeps acquiring knowledge and progesses on its path to merge with the “Supreme Soul” that is God. One has to understand the prakriti or the body and the knower of the field which is also called purusha to know one self completely. This chapter is going to take us through all this. Let’s see what Lord Krishna says next.