Chapter 6 Dhyana Yoga Verse 29
Shloka
Hari Om Tat SatIti Srimad Bhagavadgeetaasoopanishatsu BrahmavidyaayaamYogashaastre
Sri KrishnaarjunasamvaadeAatmasamyTranslation
Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga,
the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the sixth discourse entitled: “The Yoga of Meditation”
Interpretation
This is the ending sloka of the Chapter 6 of Bhagavad Gita which is “Dhyana Yoga” or the “yoga of meditation”. Sri Krishna concludes the 6th chapter of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, which is a science that lasts through years and through generations and which will be read and revered till the time exists. In this great Gita this particular chapter focuses on the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna on the greatness of meditation and the path of life that a person who does meditation will undergo. Finally we have come to an end of this chapter and this completes 1/3rd of our journey of Gita.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Any reader of this sloka will be wondering why the word Upanishad is used here. Is Gita, a part of Upanishads? To understand this, we need to have an understanding of what Upanishads are. Vedas and Upanishads are an integral part of Ancient Indian culture and religious practises. Vedas are rituals that were documented and it talks about many sacrifices that a person should perform as a part of his dharma. Upanishad loosely translates into English as “sitting near the guru and listening”. Upanishads are deep philosophical thoughts of life that are imparted by Guru to his disciple so that the quality of life of an individual and society improves.
Bhagavad Gita is also a type of Upanishad because it is a discourse of Lord Krishna to Arjuna who is reluctant about the path and the dharma that he needs tgo follow. Upanishads date back to Bhagavad Gita and historically they are few hundreds years older than Gita. But things should not be always looked at from timelines. Gita is far more superior to any other Upanishad and should not be equated to Upanishads developed before, primarily because a highest spiritually evolved soul is talking about the path of life, one’s responsibilities and the road to attaining moksha in a clear manner. 2/3rds of Gita is still left and we eagerly await what more Lord Krishna has got to say to Arjuna.