THE BHAGAVAD GITA Chapter 15
Excerpts from God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Supreme Spirit
The Blessed Lord said:
They (the wise) speak of an eternal ashvattha tree, with roots above and boughs beneath, whose leaves are Vedic hymns. He who understands this tree of life is a Veda-knower.
Its branches spread above and below, nurtured by the gunas; its buds are the sense objects; and downward, into the world of men, extend the rootlings that force man to actions.
Without craving for honor, free from delusion and malignant attachment, all longings banished, disengaged from the pair of opposites—pleasure and pain—ever established in the Self, the undeceived attain the immutable state.
An eternal part of Myself, manifesting as a living soul in the world of beings, attracts to itself the six senses, including the mind, which rest in Prakriti.
The yogis striving for liberation see Him existing in themselves; but those who are unpurified and undisciplined are unable to perceive Him even when they struggle to do so. [—Commentary]
Also, I am seated in the heart of all beings; and from Me come memory and knowledge, as well as their loss. Verily I am That which is to be known through the Vedas; indeed, I am the Veda-Knower and the Author of the Vedanta.