Sunday, April 09, 2006

Gita: Bhakti Yoga - Verses 18 and 19

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru and Prostrations to all

Word Meaning:
Samaha: (who is) the same
Shatrau: to foe
Cha: and
Mitrae: to friend
Ca: and
thaTha: also
maana apamaanayoho: in honor and dishonor
sheetha-ushna-suKha-duKhaeshu: in cold and heat, in pleasure and pain
samaha: the same
sanga vivarjithaha: free from attachment

He, who is the same to foe and friend, and also in honor and dishonor, who is the same in cold and heat, in pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment..

Word Meaning:
thulya nindhaa sthuthihi: to whom censure and praise are equal
mauni: silent
santhustaha: contended
yena kinchit: with anything
anikethaha: homeless
sThira mathihi: steady minded
Bhakthimaan: full of devotion
Mae: to Me
Priyaha: dear
Naraha: that man

To whom censure and praise are equal, who is silent, content with anything, homeless, steady-minded, full of devotion – that man is dear to Me.

Same to friend and enemy:
Friends and enemy are only to whose minds are influenced by the duality of likes and dislikes, but for the real devotee who meditates only the non-dual Brahman there is nothing other than Brahman. Such a real devotee will be same to those who think him as a friend or an enemy.

Same to honor and dishonor:
To a Real devotee, whether people honor him or dishonor him, he does not get affected by them and thus revels only in the non-dual Brahman and hence will be every Blissful for all situations.

Same in cold and heat, pleasure and pain:
Cold and heat are for the body. A Man of Realization, who always reveling in the Self, doesn’t have identification with the body and hence are unaffected by the cold and heat. The duality of pleasure and pain are for the mind. Since the real devotee revels in the Self alone, he is not affected by the dualities of pleasure and pain.

Free from attachment:
For the real devotee who is completely absorbed in the Self see only the Self everywhere and hence they perceive nothing other than the Self. Since there is nothing other than the Self, there is no way of attachment to any object of the world.

To whom censures and praises are equal:
A person who perceive duality get affected by the words of censures and praises. But for a person who revels in the Self there is nothing that could affect his Blissful state.

The real devotee perceives only the Self everywhere and nothing else. Hence to such a person there could be no desire of acquiring an object because there is nothing different from the Self.

Though the real devotees live under a roof, they always revel only in the Self and hence whether they live in a house or on platforms always rejoice in the Ultimate Bliss.

That real devotee who has steady mind on Self doesn’t have any dual perception and Krishna says “Such a real devotee is dear to Me”.

Hari Aum



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