Gita 15.09 explained

Link to purport by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Transcript of Bhakti-Shastri class on this verse by Chaitanya Charan

Bg 15.9

śrotraṁ cakṣuḥ sparśanaṁ ca
rasanaṁ ghrāṇam eva ca
adhiṣṭhāya manaś cāyaṁ
viṣayān upasevate


śrotram — ears; cakṣuḥ — eyes; sparśanam — touch; ca — also; rasanam — tongue; ghrāṇam — smelling power; eva — also; ca — and; adhiṣṭhāya — being situated in; manaḥ — mind; ca — also; ayam — he; viṣayān — sense objects; upasevate — enjoys.


The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.

śrotraṁ cakṣuḥ sparśanaṁ ca
rasanaṁ ghrāṇam eva ca

describing the five senses the ears, the eyes, the skin, the tongue, the nose,

adhiṣṭhāya manaś cāyaṁ

adhiṣṭhāya, means centered around, supervised by, situated around, situated in, 

manaś, so these are centered around the mind

cāyaṁ viṣayān upasevate, so what does a person, such a soul do? Acquiring the five senses which are centered around the mind, viṣayān the sense object 

upasevate, to enjoy it contains the word Seva

so actually the soul serves the sense object.

So actually depending upon the ivāśayāt, conception of the life we have acquired, accordingly we are given next body

As Prahllad Maharaj has said as a person who is having many wives are dragged similarly the soul is dragged by the senses, sometimes all the senses are attracted towards one sense object but often they are in different directions. 

So this way the soul tries to enjoy but the soul gets bound.

Like the five fingers are centered around the palm similarly the five senses are centered around the mind. The inputs from all the sense comes to mind. 

Minds gets input from several sources at a time and they are integrated by mind some of them are conscious and we perceive them like several inputs coming to a computer but all are not displayed on screen others are all going to hard disk, so what is displayed on monitor are conscious mind, and what is going inside is all subconscious mind.

So mind integrated all input and presents it for action, all senses are brining input from various sources and giving it to mind, now mind chooses which input should I take, which input should I focus on, how to respond that is decided by the soul but the mind integrates and presents a composite picture.

In brain there are different neuron for capture different aspects e.g. a parrot flies in from of me different neuron which are in different parts of brain captures different things like color, action, shape and chirping but there is no part of brain which are like integrating all these things. All these things happens at synchronous at one instant, this is mystery for neuro scientist how these inputs are integrated as there is no physical thing which can integrate this so this integration is done my mind which is different from brain and is subtle. So all these signals which are coming are routed through the subtle body and subtle body presents to the soul. And then soul takes decision and try to enjoy it. 

Purport: consciousness is pure, for the spirit soul is pure. But consciousness is changed according to the association of the material qualities.

End of transcription.

Author: Vallabhi

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