The eye to see the I
We see not with our eyes but with our knowledge. Where our eyes see a line graph curved sharply downwards, our knowledge of economics helps us see a recession. It is our knowledge that enables us to make sense of the shapes and colors that our eyes show us.
We accept and apply this principle of seeing with our knowledge frequently in our daily life. Scientists too apply this principlewith equal, if not more, frequency in their research. They see the bent trajectory of a light ray and see in the vicinity an invisible objectwith a super-strong gravity pull: a black hole.
Gita wisdom urges us to apply this principle in our spiritual life too. The Bhagavad-gita (15.10) states that we can see the soul with jnana-chakshu, the eye of knowledge. This knowledge is provided by the Gita itselfin multiple ways:
1. Objective analysis of the differences between the body and the soul (chapter two)
2. Methodical delineation of the characteristics of the soul (chapter thirteen)
3. Penetrating portrayal of the illusions that bind the soul to the world of matter (chapter sixteen)
4. Illuminating account of the various paths of yoga that facilitate the perception and liberation of the soul (chapters three to six)
5. Endearing elucidation of the supreme path of bhakti-yoga that not only liberates the soul but also reinstates it in its ultimate life of divine love in the spiritual world (chapters seven to twelve and chapter eighteen).
The more we systematically and prayerfully study this profound knowledge given in the Gita, the more we develop and refine our eye of knowledge. Thereby we gain the eye to see the I – the soul – as the obvious, undeniable and defining reality of life.
“The foolish cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this.”