the path towards superior intelligence

Sanatan Dharma and philosophy is perhaps the most misunderstood of all religions in the world. It has been described by many people in a variety of manners. Some people describe the Hindu religion as the texts of Ramayana or Bhagwat Gita, some describe it as history of Rama & Krishna and other deities, some understand it as Tantra, and some people would describe it as Yoga or Ayurveda. Yet others consider it as all of the above, some observe it as a set of rituals, some believe that all these rituals were created by ancient Indian tribes. Some limit their vision of Hindu religion to only a particular text. Some say that the religion has been created out of fear. Some people describe it as a way to make money created by our ancestors. We can go on with such numerous descriptions of what people say with their understanding. Some researchers because of lack of complete understanding describe it as a fraud, yet some others who consider caste system to be the basis of Hindu religion condemn it completely and think that Hindu religion is just a caste division. Some sell it as astrology and associated documentation.

Most of contemporary literature on Hindu religion by various Indian and Western authors concentrate on proving the ancient Indian texts as myths and stories. Western authors especially have been able to go only to the shallow depths of the Hindu religion and have not discovered the essence of it. Most Indian authors only follow the footsteps of their western counterparts and end up either describing a particular text or again getting lost in the mythical descriptions and limit themselves only to the history and rituals. Many authors try to give various interpretations and meanings to the texts again distorting the main content and spirit. Many authors describe Hindu religion in symbolism getting farther away from the real philosophy.

Most websites describe Hindu religion by broadly defining God as one – Brahma, then describing various texts such as Ramayana, Gita etc., then describing rituals, then describing various deities and Gods, then describing pooja articles, then describing ahimsa, karma, truth, moksha, reincarnation, soul, maya, Brahmins, kshatriyas, vaishyas, shudras, vedas, upnishads, astrology, yoga, and so on without defining any connection among these. The subject heads have been defined as separate doctrines without understanding the philosophy and practical utility behind and what connects all the thoughts and philosophies.

All these texts and websites indicate a fairly befuddled state of minds of people about the Hindu religion. There is no relationship or connection between the various concepts. The confusion has been further aggravated with the spate of Indian motion pictures depicting the religion in the most misunderstood form with characters suffering and crying before the statues of gods and gods in the culmination dropping a flower or a garland on the character and thus the character receiving a blessing. Several other motion pictures have completely denigrated the Hindu philosophy by presenting it to the masses in the most despicable manner and showing most seers, saints and gods as crooks. Gullible masses generally believe that what is shown on the big screen is the ultimate truth and have therefore formed adverse opinions believing in what is shown on the screen and are generally moving away from the ethos of the religion.

It is no wonder that a person of Indian origin is much confused, not to talk of people belonging to other religions and other country origins. People with scientific thought and background generally scoff at the Hindu religion. Certain authors have studied the Hindu history in depth but are again perplexed about the philosophy and logic of the Hindu religion. Certain other authors describe it as a complete hoax put up by the religious leaders in the past to maintain their supremacy. Profusion of texts on Tantra, interpretations and translations makes the religion and its philosophy even more convoluted and difficult to understand.


Ekadash Skandha, Shrimad Bhagwat Purana.

Chapter 9, Sloka 29

 “Although this human body is not permanent, death is always following it. But with this human body the ultimate destination can be achieved. Therefore having attained this human body after many incarnations an intelligent person should use this unachievable human body to work towards achieving Moksha without losing any time. The ultimate aim of human life is Moksha. Satisfaction of desires is possible in all the species and therefore this human life must not be wasted in it.”

Bhagwat Gita As It Is

दूरेण ह्यवरं कर्म बुद्धियोगाद्धनञ्जय।

बुद्धौ शरणमन्विच्छ कृपणाः फलहेतवः।।२.४९।।

2.49 A man must adhere to the yoga of intelligence and reject the karma borne out of wants. O Dhananjaya resort to the yoga of intelligence because karma performed with the want of a result are of low value. Meaning reject those karma which are performed for the want of results and do those karma which your intelligence directs you to do.

बुद्धियुक्तो जहातीह उभे सुकृतदुष्कृते।

तस्माद्योगाय युज्यस्व योगः कर्मसु कौशलम् ।।२.५०।।

2.50 By working with the intelligence a person can relinquish both good and bad karma. Therefore take the course of yoga of intelligence because that alone will make you dextrous in your work. Meaning that working according to the intelligence a person actually relinquishes both good and the bad karma and that alone leads to dexterity in work performed.

कर्मजं बुद्धियुक्ता हि फलं त्यक्त्वा मनीषिणः।

जन्मबन्धविनिर्मुक्ताः पदं गच्छन्त्यनामयम्।।२.५१।।

2.51 By working according to the intelligence alone the seers leave the cycle of birth and death and attain the highest destination. In this manner working according to the intelligence one is actually relieved of the cycle of birth and death and reaches the final destination.

यदा ते मोहकलिलं बुद्धिर्व्यतितरिष्यति।

तदा गन्तासि निर्वेदं श्रोतव्यस्य श्रुतस्य च।।२.५२।।

2.52 When your intelligence crosses the swamps of attachment at that time you shall relinquish all those material enjoyments which you have heard of and which you shall hear of.

श्रुतिविप्रतिपन्ना ते यदा स्थास्यति निश्चला।

समाधावचला बुद्धिस्तदा योगमवाप्स्यसि।।२.५३।।

2.53 When your intelligence will become clear of all the disagreements and will become stable at that time you shall achieve the yoga of intelligence.

This aspect of achieving higher and superior intelligence is one of the primary teachings of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. This aspect has been neglected by most of the contemporary authors interpreting Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. Most authors have interpreted this as Bhakti alone, which is incorrect.



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