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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

Bhagavad Gita, you can say is briefly an Iccha-Dvesha Sastra. The same words are put differently Iccha-Dvesha, Raga-Dvesha, Kama-Krodha, Shatru-Mithra, Ishta-Anishta, Labha-Jaya. It is a sastra that describes the entire world and human life to be an interaction with the pairs of opposites of various kinds and orders. These pairs of opposites are in the outside world but when they converge into our personality through the senses, they become just two - sukha and duhkha.

इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत ।
सर्वभूतानि सम्मोहं सर्गे यान्ति परन्तप ।।
icchā-dveṣa-samutthena dvandva-mohena bhārata |
sarva-bhūtāni sammohaṁ sarge yānti paran-tapa ||
(Bhagavad Gita 7.27)

This is an absolute statement, pronouncement by Bhagavad Gita, Krishna and Veda Vyasa. सर्वभूतानि - all beings, सर्गे - at the time of birth or creation, यान्ति - become a prey to or go to acquire, what? इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत - A delusion which operates from Icchaa and Dvesha. Either it a delusion in the nature of Iccha and Dvesha, love and hate or a delusion arising from love and hate. If you take a little child and put something bitter in the tongue, the child will immediately spit it. Suppose you put something sweet, sugar, then it will start licking. Similarly Iccha-Dveshas are there for every creature in this world. At the time of birth itself this delusion grips us. So it is a universal phenomenon.

इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत ।
सर्वभूतानि सम्मोहं सर्गे यान्ति परन्तप ।।

This Iccha-Dvesha gives rise to a dwandva moha . What does it mean? You prefer one of the dwandvas and you abhor the other. If you ask what is the reason, no answer; I like bitter, I like sweet. Sour I like, sweet I dislike. Salt is okay but not sweet, vice versa also. Now if this is the nature of human life, the success, sublimation or fulfillment consists in getting rid of or free from Iccha-Dvesha hold. This is what Bhagavad Gita says. Throughout your life you will have to course through Iccha-Dveshas and so many dwandvas which give rise to these. And while doing so, as you learn swimming in the drowning waters, try to remain afloat in the Iccha-Dvesha waters. Don't get drowned. Learn to move your hands and feet and hold the head up so that you will not sink and practice and learn swimming. In the same manner, these Iccha-Dveshas are not going to be absent. They will always be present but you will have to remain unruffled by these. Manage them, adjust with them, be flexible, sublimate them. And for sublimation, there is a compulsion from the world. The necessary potential is there right in your own heart. I think in a very simple manner this can be mentioned. How this Iccha-Dvesha sublimation means the pinnacle of spirituality, spiritual wisdom, how it means the fulfillment and liberation of life is something perhaps I shall talk about tomorrow.

इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत ।
सर्वभूतानि सम्मोहं सर्गे यान्ति परन्तप ।।

See, these are some of the statements in Bhagavad Gita which a studious seeker should cull out and then he should start applying it into himself. Then you will find the whole spirituality makes meaning, purpose and fulfillment for you.  

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

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