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Talks on the Bhagavad Gita - 12

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Krishna calls Arjuna by different names which represents his different qualities. He does this in order to let him know he has the capacity, that he can do it. Others cannot know about you better than you know yourself. Masters, such as Swami Rama of the Himalayas, are different. Arjuna is that aspect in us who is hungry for knowledge. You have a burning desire for elevation but are still confused. If you have that, you are Arjuna. Then you have Krishna with you, who wants to guide you. Krishna is your buddhi, your Atman. He guides you, leads your chariot in the right way. It depends on how clear the buddhi is. Your chariot will go that way, with that direction.

There are two principles before the Lord speaks to you. You have to feel, that you are a friend to the Lord and the same time, you are disciple of the Lord, a student of that Lord. If you are just a friend, the Lord will not speak to you, if you are just a disciple, the Lord will not speak to you. You have to have both. The same time, there is a third aspect that is just for us. 

You must believe in yourself, that you are ready to receive the teachings. 

If you are not ready then nobody will come forward to teach.

We see or we think that we are ready to have some kind of teachings but we are not really. Because once you say that you are ready to receive the teachings, the very source where the teaching comes from, flows from, will test you, will give you all kind of hurdles to see whether you are indeed ready or not. That is the teacher's duty. To tell you what is the right path. Some people may like, some people may not like. Masters like Swami Rama of the Himalayas test you first until they are satisfied that you indeed have hunger for the knowledge. 

Many times we think we are ready then all the circumstances in life go wrong and you have this problem and that. You thought something was right and it was totally wrong. Your friends do not talk to you. Everything is haywire. You are confused. That is the time when if that desire is still there with the same degree or more, then all the things will subside and then road will be smooth and the teaching will indeed flow and will penetrate your heart. That is how the philosophy and spiritual life goes.