Bhagavad Gita: Way of Divine Love

Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita: Way of Divine Love

by Chandra Om

“Fix your mind on Me alone. Rest your thoughts on Me alone. And in Me alone you will rest forever. Of this there is no doubt.”
from the Bhagavad Gita, XII.8

Rarely was a class given that my Beloved Guru did not quote this beautiful sloka. Constantly encouraging us to renounce the fruits of our actions, to think of God and to “do it because it has to be done,” without any thought of the fruit.

Krishna and ArjunaKrishna and Arjuna

Try to dwell always in your own Self. Abide as the real Self. Think of the Self constantly. Then all attachments will die automatically. Attachment to the Lord is a potent antidote to annihilate all worldly attachments. He who has no attachments can really love others, for his love is pure and divine. “Therefore, without attachment do thou always perform action which should be done; for, by performing action without attachment man reaches the Supreme.”—III.19.

In all the spiritual literature of the world there is no book so elevating and inspiring as the Bhagavad Gita. A boundless ocean of nectar expounding the Yoga philosophy of action, devotion, dharma and knowledge, as dictated from Lord Krishna to the Beloved warrior Arjuna. It is a book for eternity, and brings peace and solace to those afflicted by the sway of Prakriti. The Gita again and again emphasizes that the aspirant should cultivate an attitude of non-attachment, urging us to do our work in the world without any attachment to the fruits. Attachment is born of Rajas and brings pain, ignorance and death. Detachment is wisdom and brings with it freedom. The practice of detachment is a rigorous discipline.


Bhagavad Gita Chapter Twelve
THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE



As translated by Swami Nikhilananda


1
Arjuna said: Those devotees who, ever steadfast, worship You after this fashion,
and those others who worship the Imperishable and Unmanifest-which of these have greater knowledge of yoga?

2
The Lord said: Those who have fixed their minds on Me, and who,
ever steadfast and endowed with supreme faith, worship Me-them do I hold to be perfect in yoga.

3-4
And those who have completely controlled their senses and are of even mind under all conditions
and thus worship the Imperishable, the Ineffable, the Unmanifest,
the Omnipresent, the Incomprehensible, the Immutable, the Unchanging, the Eternal-they,
devoted to the welfare of all beings, attain Me alone, and none else.



5
The task of those whose minds are set on the Unmanifest is more difficult;
for the ideal of the Unmanifest is hard to attain for those who are embodied.

6-7
But those who consecrate all their actions to Me, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal,
and who worship Me, meditating on Me with single-minded concentration-to them,
whose minds are thus absorbed in Me, verily I become ere long,
0 Partha, the Saviour from the death-fraught ocean of the world.



8
Fix your mind on Me alone, rest your thoughts on Me alone,
and in Me alone you will live hereafter. Of this there is no doubt.

9
If you are unable to fix your mind steadily on Me, 0 Dhananjaya,
then seek to reach Me by the yoga of constant practice.

10
If you are incapable of constant practice, then devote yourself to My service.
For even by rendering service to Me you will attain perfection.

11
If you are unable to do even this, then be self-controlled,
surrender the fruit of all action, and take refuge in Me.

12
Knowledge is better than practice, and meditation is better than knowledge.
Renunciation of the fruit of action is better than meditation; peace immediately follows such renunciation.

13-14
He who never hates any being and is friendly and compassionate to all,
who is free from the feelings of "I" and "mine" and even-minded in pain and pleasure, who is forbearing,
ever content, and steady in contemplation, who is self-controlled and possessed of firm conviction,
and who has consecrated his mind and understanding to Me-dear to Me is the one who is thus devoted to Me.



15
He by whom the world is not afflicted and whom the world cannot afflict,
he who is free from joy and anger, fear and anxiety-he is dear to Me.

16
He who is free from dependence, who is pure and prompt, unconcerned and untroubled,
and who has renounced all undertakings-dear to Me is the man who is thus devoted to Me.

17
He who rejoices not and hates not, who grieves not and desires not,
who has renounced both good and evil and is full of devotion-he is dear to Me.

18-19
He who is alike to foe and friend, unaltered in honour and dishonour;
who is the same in cold and heat, in pleasure and pain;
who is free from attachment, who is unchanged by praise and blame; who is silent,
content with whatever he has, homeless, firm of mind, and full of devotion-that man is dear to Me.



20
Exceedingly dear to Me are they who regard Me as the Supreme Goal and,
endowed with faith and devotion, follow this Immortal Dharma.

Thus in the Bhagavad Gita, the Essence of the Upanishads, the Science of Brahman, the Scripture of Yoga, the Dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the Twelfth Chapter, entitled: THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna ~ Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama ~ Rama Rama Hare Hare

View all: