Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gita: Bhakti Yoga - Verse 10

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru and Prostrations to all

Word Meaning:
aBhyaasae: in practice
api: also
asamarthaha: no capable
asi: (you) are
math-karma-param: intent on doing actions for my sake
Bhava: be
Mad-arTham: for my sake
Api: also
Karmaani: actions
Kurvan: by doing
sidDhim: perfection
avaapsyasi: you shall attain

If you are unable even to practice Abhyaasa-Yoga be you intent on performing actions for My sake; even by doing actions for My sake, you shall attain perfection

In sloka 8 Krishna asked to fix the mind on the Lord, if it is found difficult then Krishna told in sloka 9 that by continuous practice this can be achieved. Here in this sloka he comes down one more level. Whatever that has been made has an habit alone stays in the mind that will be reflected in the actions we are doing. When the mind is very much extroverted and not used to meditation, then it is not possible to get rid of that strong habit extrovertedness even after much practice. So in this sloka Krishna talks about the complete surrender to the lord.
The complete surrender here Krishna mentions as doing the actions for the sake of god and offering the actions unto Him. To offer the action to the lord we need the thought of god while doing the work. So by continuous practice of thought of god and offering the action to the lord, we would be able to think of god when we don’t do any action also. Thus by complete surrender by surrendering all the actions to the lord and by continuous practice of such an attitude will help us to have the mind fixed in the lord all the time.

Hari Aum



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