"Our body and this complex world around us is meant to reveal and display the Self variously. Spiritual seeking lies in looking for That which animates the body. Turn the mind and intelligence inward to their very Source. Let the thoughts make you search for the thinking substance, the thinker.  Only then the mystery of the Self will be unveiled."

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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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सर्वभूतस्थमात्मानं सर्वभूतानि चात्मनि ।
ईक्षते योगयुक्तात्मा सर्वत्र समदर्शनः ।। ६.२९ ।।

यो मां पश्यति सर्वत्र सर्वं च मयि पश्यति ।
तस्याहं न प्रणश्यामि स च मे न प्रणश्यति ।। ६.३० ।।

सर्वभूतस्थितं यो मां भजत्येकत्वमास्थितः ।
सर्वथा वर्तमानोऽपि स योगी मयि वर्तते ।। ६.३१ ।।

sarva-bhūta-stham-ātmānaṁ sarva-bhūtāni cātmani |
īkṣate yoga-yuktātmā sarvatra sama-darśanaḥ || 6.29 ||

yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati |
tasyāhaṁ na praṇaśyāmi sa ca me na praṇaśyati || 6.30 ||

sarva-bhūta-sthitaṁ yo māṁ bhajaty-ekatvam-āsthitaḥ |
sarvathā vartamāno’pi sa yogī mayi vartate || 6.31 ||

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To clarify the state further, Krishna describes how the self-realized Knower perceives the world and its objects, and how his vision is always steeped in oneness and homogeneity, despite the countless, variety perceived by the senses.

The vision of the Knower

सर्वभूतस्थमात्मानं सर्वभूतानि चात्मनि ।
ईक्षते युगयुक्तात्मा सर्वत्र समदर्शनः ।।
यो मां पश्यति सर्वत्र सर्वं च मयि पश्यति ।
तस्याहं न प्रणश्यामि स च मे न प्रणश्यति ।।
सर्वभूतस्थितं यो मां भजत्येकत्वमास्थितः ।
सर्वथा वर्तमानोऽपि स योगी मयि वर्तते ।।
(Bhagavad Gita 6.29-31)

The yogi perceives the Self established in all beings, and all beings in the Self; such a yogi, who has gained equal vision everywhere, is truly integrated within. He who sees Me, the supreme Reality everywhere, and everything within the supreme Reality, never loses the Supreme and is never lost to Me, the Supreme. He who worships (knows) Me, the Supreme established everywhere, verily resides in Me, in whichever manner he may be.

All the plural notions the body and senses generate continuously will become unified (with the Self) in the mind and vision of the Knower, says Krishna. This is where the powerful senses yield before the sublimated mind.

Everything exists in the world as objects of perception. But, because the Self pervades everything, all verily abide in the Self. Using both descriptions - ‘seeing everything in the Self’ and ‘the Self in everything’- Krishna makes the sadhana and its fruition devoid of loopholes. As a result of this two-way vision, the knower attains the greatness of equal vision. Whether it is colours seen by the eyes, sounds heard by the ears, odours smelt by the nose, tastes felt by the tongue or the touches sensed by the skin - the superb note of equal vision reigns in the Knower. He is never dislodged from it. That graces him throughout.

Krishna adds that it is the same as seeing God everywhere and everything as Him. God is not merely in the idol or shrine made and installed by man himself. What is idolized, in fact, abides everywhere by dint of His universal nature and permeation. For a knower who realizes and perceives this truth constantly, where is the question of his losing touch with God or supreme Reality any time? Krishna brings in a note of personal touch and assurance, a feature to be found more and more in later chapters: “For Me too, can such a Knower ever be lost?”

A knower will not have the need for any kind of formal worship or practice. His very perception of the supreme Reality everywhere and in everything, his realization of the supreme Oneness, is itself the true and wholesome worship. It is the worship in the nature of perception. In place of picking flowers with hands and placing them at the altar, or offering food and other substances to the idol, the Knower’s worship completely rests within him. Reigning in his own heart, mind and intelligence, it is the ultimate natural worship abiding in knowledge.

Such a unique Knower-devotee cannot be compared with anyone else. He is like God Himself.