On Bhagavad Gita and Nisargadatta Maharaj: Sacrifice, Death, and ‘I am’

Acharya Prashant
8 min readDec 22, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

साधिभूताधिदैवं मां साधियज्ञं च ये विदुः।

प्रयाणकालेऽपि च मां ते विदुर्युक्तचेतसः।। 7.30 ।।

sādhibhūtādhidaivaṁ māṁ sādhiyajñaṁ cha ye viduḥ

prayāṇa-kāle ’pi cha māṁ te vidur yukta-chetasaḥ

Those who know me as existing in the physical and the divine planes, and also in the context of the sacrifice, they of concentrated minds know Me even at the time of death.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7, Verse 30

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Questioner (Q): What does it mean to know Shri Krishna as existing in the physical and divine planes, and also in the context of the sacrifice?

Acharya Prashant (AP): What it means is that you should be able to see the Truth of the material and the mental world if you are to disappear forever. What he is saying is, “They know Me even at the time of death.”

If you are to fully die, if you have to ultimately remember Krishna, then you have to remember Krishna continuously.

What is remarkable here is that Krishna is not saying that remembering him only at the time of physical death will suffice. He’s not saying that. He’s not saying that “If you want to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death, then just remember Me once when you are at the moment of your physical death.” No, he’s not saying that. He’s attaching conditions. Those conditions are all-important.

What are the conditions?

He’s saying, “Remember Me in the physical realm, remember Me in the divine realm.” By ‘divine realm’ he means basically the realm of mental desire. We all are desirous of something. That which we are desirous of — Shri Krishna has already explained in other chapters — comes in front of us as the particular God we want to worship.