[For the Disciple—A Guide]
"Devotion by means of Separation from the Three Qualities."
Krishna, proceeding further, explains that sublime spiritual knowledge which has enabled all Sages to attain to ultimate perfection. He states:
All forms and the three great qualities produced from that womb are:
[See WQJ Letters, p. 27], (Gita, pp. 101-3, 115-8)
The Wise, perceiving that the embodied Self surpasses these qualities of goodness, action and indifference, which co-exist with the body, are released from the bonds of rebirth, death, old age, and pain, and drink of the waters of immortality. (Gita, p. 124)
Arjuna aks: What are the charactiristic marks by which the man may be known, O Master, who hath surpassed the three qualities?
"He...who doth not hate these qualities—illumination, action, and delusion—when they appear, nor longeth for them when they disappear; who like one who is of no party, sitteth as one unconcerned...and undisturbed by them; who is of equal mind in pain and pleasure, self-centered, to whom a lump of earth, a stone, or gold are as one; who is of equal mind with those who love or dislike, constant, the same whether blamed or praised; equally minded in honor and disgrace, and the same toward friendly or unfriendly side, engaging only in necessary actions, such an one hath surmounted the qualities...I am the embodiment of the Supreme ruler, and of the incorruptible, of the unmodifying, and of the eternal law, and of endless bliss." (Gita, pp. 103-4)