See beyond divergent ideas to convergent ideals (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 04, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05, Text 05

Some people ask: “How can we find harmony among the many different spiritual paths?”

By looking beyond divergent ideas to convergent ideals, answers Gita wisdom.

The Bhagavad-gita (05.05) states that true seers see the same ultimate destination of the paths of sankhya (analytical contemplation) and yoga (detached action). Sankhya focuses on analyzing the material elements to progress towards the transcendental substance, spirit. In contrast, yoga focuses on action while fixing the mind on spirit and thereby cultivating inner detachment from matter.

People often talk of looking beyond externals to find commonalities. When we consider the paths of sankhya and yoga, not only are their externals different — one focuses on inaction; the other, on action. But even their internals are different: one stresses analysis; the other, meditation.

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