Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 15 - Purushottama Yoga - The Yoga of the Supreme Person

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 15 - Verse 1

Bhagavan Shri Krishna said: It has been told that there is an imperishable banyan tree that has its roots above, its branches below and its leaves are the Vedic mantras. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 15 - Verse 2

Some branches of this tree spread upwards and others grow downwards, nourished by the modes of nature. The twigs on the tree are the sense-objects, and the roots that extend downwards reach the human plane and are the cause of the binding activities of human society.

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 15 - Verse 3-4

The form of this tree cannot be perceived in this world. Indeed, none can fully comprehend where the tree begins, where it ends, or where its foundation lies. One must cut down this strong-rooted banyan tree with the weapon of detachment and search out that place from which, once having gone, one never returns. One must take shelter of the Supreme Person, from whom all things have originated from time immemorial.

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 15 - Verse 10

Those who are ignorant can neither understand when the individual unit of consciousness is leaving the body, when it is residing within the body, or when it is enjoying the objects of the senses. Only those with the eyes of knowledge can perceive this.

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