Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


Golden section is again about a proportion, a divine proportion. And you can find that in very many places in the nature – the leaves on a plant are adjusted to that proportion; also the human body, different bodily parts – the proportion is according to this golden section. So, let’s see what is there in the golden section of the “Gita”. You can take the smaller part first and the bigger part later, or you can exchange – you can take the bigger part first and the smaller part later. In this way there are two golden section points of the “Gita”.

Let’s take the first one. If you calculate the numerals of the verses, this is the 267th and 268th – the first golden section pair. Please, look up the verses – this is the Sixth Chapter, thirty-five, thirty-six. Sixth Chapter, you remember, this is about meditation, right?

“Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa said: O mighty-armed son of Kuntī, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.”[1]

You see? In this important point the mind is mentioned. The human being is controlled by the mind. Therefore this divine proportion draws our attention on the mind – how to control, how to make friends with the mind. And please, give us the next verse also, because it’s always in pairs.

“For one whose mind is unbridled, self-realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion.”[2]

So, not only the mind as an enemy, but the solution is also given: try to control, be persistent in your practice, find your freedom or independence from these influences and then you will succeed. It’s a very good message, it’s very promising. So, in the first golden section the key to success, or the mind, is given.

Let’s see what is hidden there in the other golden section point – this is in the Eleventh Chapter, 19 and 20.

“You are without origin, middle or end. Your glory is unlimited. You have numberless arms, and the sun and moon are Your eyes. I see You with blazing fire coming forth from Your mouth, burning this entire universe by Your own radiance. Although You are one, You spread throughout the sky and the planets and all space between. O great one, seeing this wondrous and terrible form, all the planetary systems are perturbed.”[3]

You see, here Arjuna is speaking. Before Krishna was speaking, now Arjuna is speaking and he’s glorifying the Supreme Lord. “You are the treasure, You are the source, You are the middle, You are the end.” Isn’t it beautiful? The other golden section point is when the human, we, can glorify the Lord – another major point of importance.

But the “safe” of the “Bhagavat Gita” is in a different place.


(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita 6.35

[2] Bhagavad Gita 6.36

[3] Bhagavad Gita 11.19-20

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