Chapter 7 Gnana-Vignana Yoga Verse 23
Shloka
Hari Om Tat SatIti Srimad Bhagavadgeetaasoopanishatsu Brahmavidyaayaam Yogashaastre
Sri Krishnaarjunasamvaade Jnaanavijnaanayogo Naama Saptamo’dhyaayah
Translation
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 seventh discourse entitled:“The Yoga of Knowledge and Realisation”
Interpretation
This is the concluding sloka of the seventh chapter of Bhagavad Gita called “Gnana-Vignana Yoga” or the Yoga of Knowledge and Realization. We are now almost at the middle of Gita the Upanishad which Lord Krishna recites to Arjuna. This Gita is not just a religious text but it is a scripture that is eternal and has a timelessness. This Upanishad of Bhagavad Gita is dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna, where Arjuna raises several questions for which Lord Krishna gives answers that generations after generations in India follow with full devotion.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Bhagavad Gita is the science of Eternal. Science of Eternal because there is one important element that is present in every sloka of Gita and that is its timelessness. It was relevant 5000 years ago when it was delivered and it is relevant even today. Times change, but the dilemmas of humans dont change. Technology changes but the struggles that humans face in life don’t change. Arjuna was facing the dilemma of killing the same people who raised him, gave him education and loved him unconditionally.
Today also the human being comes across the same situations where he has to stand up against his own people for the protection of dharma. One thing that remains constant in any yuga is the concept of dharma and that is one question that every individual in his life will face. Whatever maybe his dilemma Gita was able to answer it and answer it in full measure. This Gnana Vignana yoga or the Yoga of Knowledge and realization is the window to the second part of Gita which talks about deeper philosophies than we have encountered so far. Let’s progress to them with the same vision and bhakti and listen to the Lord enlightening all of us through Arjuna.