Bhagavad Gita 15.19-20

The Yoga of the Supreme Person

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Bhagavad Gita 15.19-20 – Audio Lecture, Q & A

BG 15.19

yo mām evam asammūḍho
jānāti puruṣottamam
sa sarva-vid bhajati māṁ
sarva-bhāvena bhārata


yaḥ — anyone who; mām — Me; evam — only, thus; asammūḍhaḥ — without a doubt; jānāti — knows; puruṣa-uttamam — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; saḥ — he; sarva-vit — the knower of everything; bhajati — renders devotional service; mām — unto Me; sarva-bhāvena — in all moods; bhārata — O son of Bharata..


“One who knows Me thus without doubt as the Supreme Person Puruṣottama, of the eternal blissful form, such a one is the knower of everything. He therefore engages himself in rendering devotional service to Me in many ways, O son of Bharata.”

BG 15.20

iti guhya-tamaṁ śāstram
idam uktaṁ mayānagha
etad buddhvā buddhimān syāt
kṛta-kṛtyaś ca bhārata


iti — thus; guhya-tamam — the most confidential; śāstram — revealed scripture; idam — this; uktam — disclosed; mayā — by Me; anagha — O sinless one; etat — this; buddhvā — understanding; buddhi-mān — intelligent; syāt — one becomes; kṛta-kṛtyaḥ — the most perfect in his endeavors; ca — and; bhārata — O son of Bharata.


“This most confidential hidden treasure of the Vedic scriptures has now been revealed and described by Me, O sinless one. Whoever takes this understanding to heart becomes wise, and attains perfection in his endeavors, O son of Bharata.”

BG 15.19-20 Lecture Notes, references

BG 15.19

“One who knows Me thus without doubt as the Supreme Person Puruṣottama, of the eternal blissful form, such a one is the knower of everything. He therefore engages himself in rendering devotional service to Me in many ways, O son of Bharata.”

  • Mam evam asammūḍhaḥ jānāti = Me only without doubt/delusion can know. Or–only one who is free from delusion and doubt can know who I really am.
  • Mam evam = Me only (as Puruṣottama) – there is no equal and no superior to Me, I am the greatest blissful transcendental living being of all.
  • There are 3 stages of knowing the Divine, [knowing which one attains to the state of brahma nirvana–joyful ecstatic bliss] : SB 1.2.11 – “Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramātmā or Bhagavān. [brahmeti paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam – 1.2.11-Creation).]
  • The effulgence emanating from the Divine Person (brahmeti, the universal life force–Reiki), the Paramatma personal form of the Divine in ones heart, and the original personal form of the Supreme Divine— Bhagavān. Brahma-nirvāṇa-sukham is the stage when one is in touch with the Absolute Truth in completeness. An outcome of this blissful association is the elimination of all desire for material sense enjoyment. It is a process that comes to fruition by ones spiritual practices.
  • Serving Kṛṣṇa in spiritual relationships the different mellows, rasas (tastes) or bhava–moods-–shanta, dasya, mitra, vatsala, madhurya rasas. [The bhavas of tranquillity, servitorship, friendship, parenthood, and conjugal/ consorthood.]



  • BG 7.7 – “There is no Truth superior to Me, O conqueror of wealth. Everything rests upon Me, just like jewels strung on a thread.” [Jewels also refers to the precious and valuable –atma and Paramatma.]
  • BG 13.31

yadā bhūta-pṛthag-bhāvam
eka-stham anupaśyati
tata eva ca vistāraṁ
brahma sampadyate tadā


yadā — when; bhūta — of living entities; pṛthak-bhāvam — separated identities; eka-stham — situated in one; anupaśyati — one tries to see through authority; tataḥ eva — thereafter; ca — also; vistāram — the expansion; brahma — the Absolute; sampadyate — he attains; tadā — at that time.


When a sensible man ceases to see different identities due to different material bodies, and he sees (through vedic authority) that they are expansions of the One Supreme and rest in Him, he attains to the absolute Brahman conception.

NB: This understanding is clearly given in the Reiki mantras and symbols, with the healing energy networking through the atomically available Vishnu and Parmatma heart energies. Hence Reiki channels are, at the very minimum, at the very outset, capable of connecting with and having the absolute Brahman conception.

BG 15.20 Lecture Notes, references

“This most confidential hidden treasure of the Vedic scriptures has now been revealed and described by Me, O sinless one. Whoever takes this understanding to heart becomes wise, and attains perfection in his endeavors, O son of Bharata.” –BG 15.20

This understanding is the most treasured part of the scriptures because it addresses the question of how we are trapped in the material world. The weakness comes from losing our heart connection to the Divine as described in the first 5 slokas of this chapter.

The upside down tree reflecting the spiritual where we want to lord it over matter, in separation to Kṛṣṇa. As we do that, our forgetfulness strengthens by getting attached more and more to materialistic endeavors and efforts.

Here it is made clear that only one who is free from sin or the tendency to be sinful can understand this and take it to heart. The heart consciousness revives the remembrance of ones spiritual nature. Reiki is directly the heart energy of Kṛṣṇa. It descends form the highest crown chakra and rests in our heart centers form where we channel it.

ACBSP in his commentary to this sloka has stated that our problem is of “weakness of heart.” Clearly, association with the heart energy is required to fix this. This can be done through the Reiki heart connection energy and chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahamantra.

Additional Study reference–Whole of BG Chapter 8, specially 8.4-5; 8.14-15: [by remembering Krishna always, the nittya baddha (eternally bound) can attain to Him.]

“My dear friends, O sons of the demons, you cannot please the Supreme Personality of Godhead by becoming perfect brāhmaṇas, demigods or great saints or by becoming perfectly good in etiquette or vast learning. None of these qualifications can awaken the pleasure of the Lord. Nor by charity, austerity, sacrifice, cleanliness or vows can one satisfy the Lord. The Lord is pleased only if one has unflinching, unalloyed devotion to Him. Without sincere devotional service, everything is simply a show.”

See practical application of this for healers as below

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The practical method for Reiki & KQ healers

  • Worshipping the expansion of Kṛṣṇa as the paramatma within the heart–the Reiki network (heart to heart–the Vishnu connection that comes from Kshirodakshayi Vishnu at the center of every atom, and also as Paramatma in the heart of all beings. Reiki 2’s have the heart connection mantra and symbol.)
  • Seeing Paramatma in all living beings, in food and other forms (connecting with those elements and beings, channeling healing to them.)
  • Connecting with Reiki as Kṛṣṇa’s heart Paramatma energy.
  • Offering all that we do [everything] to Reiki—the paramatma energy, and universal life force energy to Kṛṣṇa.
  • Knowing Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Source of all things and nothing is above or beyond Him.
  • Maintaining always an association with Him in thought word and deed.
  • NB: Key difference between Riki and the technical Brahminical methods:
  • In the technical brahminical system one is not permitted to offer certain forbidden things to Kṛṣṇa directly. Therefore as there are things that one may do that are not offerable to Kṛṣṇa and one is liable to experience negative reactions to those acts. For example these are sinful acitivities on the spiritual path–forbidden food (non-veg), alcohol and intoxication, lustful acts, gambling, telling lies, taking another’s rightful share and so on. One cannot ask
    Kṛṣṇa directly to make these consequence-free. Personal practice of regulative principles must be done.
  • It is understood that those who come to the Reiki healing process may be habituated to sinful and forbidden activities, and unable to properly or consistently follow the four regulative principle (no gambling, intoxication, meat-eating, forbidden sex activity).
  • Offering everything healers do to the Divine through Reiki eliminates this restriction while applying rectification energies to such sinful acts as well as rectifying ones thinking gradually. In this way, while such acts are not “approved”, there is a relatively rapid de-toxification of karma and thinking that takes place, resulting in time of reformation of sinful activities. The practitioner automatically comes to follow the natural brahminical path because he develops those qualities. Then he may follow the regulative principles easily or more naturally without getting negative consequences.
  • However–it is to be noted that one may not commit sinful activities and think that on the strength of healing it is alright to do so. That in itself is a great offense. Where one is unable to resist indulging in these activities, the Reiki healing fixes this in time and gives the individual an opportunity to regulate his behavior. In the brahmincal system it is recommended that first one must follow the regulative principles and chant the Mahamantra and once steady in that practice, one my be considered for receiving Brahmin initiation. This creates great stress, and many are unable to receive the Brahmin initiation due to their unfitness and inabilty to follow the rules. However, Reiki initiation takes care of this in the following way.
  • Just as chanting the Mahamantra is restriction-free–anyone can do it at any time and place and under any circumstances, Reiki is exactly like that. Both these act very powerfully to cleanse and heal the practitioner. At the same time, Reiki energies can be focused on specific problem areas to heal and change conditions in all areas of life, while getting rid of binding consequence karma, and removing feelings of helplessness or inability to take proactve action. It also attaches one more firmly to the service and association of the universal life force, and eventually, by increased understanding–to Kṛṣṇa.
  • This needs to be studied and understood under the guidance of a qualified spiritual master. In the absence of this higher knowledge, we observe that Reiki healers fall away from the path of service to Kṛṣṇa and liberation from karmic consequences. They fall back into the pool of material miseries, just as do those who are unable to follow the regulative principles and therefore are unable to achieve true Brahmin status.
  • Brahma means ‘universal life force energy’. Reiki means ‘universal life force energy. Reiki is the heart energy of the Divine, and when one accepts this compassionate energy, one is gradually freed from the clutches of material nature as described.
  • Note for KQ Healers: The KQ 2 level gives the mantra for directly working with the crown chakra and heart flow of KQ energies, which has already been established at KQ 1.


Srimad Bhagavad Gita, The Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute – Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Swami, (SCSMath) [Free Downloadable PDF]; [1961] -(2nd edition 2006)

Bhagavad Gita As It Is – Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (ACBSP), Macmillan 1972. [Free Downloadable PDF at this link]