Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, because you are never envious
of Me, I shall impart to you this most confidential knowledge and realization,
knowing which you shall be relieved of the miseries of material existence.
is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest
knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization,
it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully
are not faithful in this devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror
of enemies. Therefore they return to the path of birth and death in this
By Me, in
My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are
in Me, but I am not in them.
And yet everything
that is created does not rest in Me. Behold My mystic opulence! Although
I am the maintainer of all living entities and although I am everywhere,
I am not a part of this cosmic manifestation, for My Self is the very source
that as the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, rests always in the sky, all
created beings rest in Me.
O son of Kunti,
at the end of the millennium all material manifestations enter into My
nature, and at the beginning of another millennium, by My potency, I create
cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested
again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end.
all this work cannot bind Me. I am ever detached from all these material
activities, seated as though neutral.
nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son
of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this
manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.
Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental
nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.
are thus bewildered are attracted by demonic and atheistic views. In that
deluded condition, their hopes for liberation, their fruitive activities,
and their culture of knowledge are all defeated.
O son of Prtha,
those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of
the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because
they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.
My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me,
these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.
engage in sacrifice by the cultivation of knowledge, worship the Supreme
Lord as the one without a second, as diverse in many, and in the universal
But it is
I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering to the ancestors, the
healing herb, the transcendental chant. I am the butter and the fire and
I am the father
of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object
of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable om. I am also the Rg, the Sama
and the Yajur Vedas.
I am the goal,
the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the
most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of
everything, the resting place and the eternal seed.
I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality,
and I am also death personified. Both spirit and matter are in Me.
study the Vedas and drink the soma juice, seeking the heavenly planets,
worship Me indirectly. Purified of sinful reactions, they take birth on
the pious, heavenly planet of Indra, where they enjoy godly delights.
have thus enjoyed vast heavenly sense pleasure and the results of their
pious activities are exhausted, they return to this mortal planet again.
Thus those who seek sense enjoyment by adhering to the principles of the
three Vedas achieve only repeated birth and death.
who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental
form -- to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.
are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship
only Me, O son of Kunti, but they do so in a wrong way.
I am the only
enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize
My true transcendental nature fall down.
worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who worship
the ancestors go to the ancestors; those who worship ghosts and spirits
will take birth among such beings; and those who worship Me will live with
If one offers
Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept
do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities
you perform -- do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.
In this way
you will be freed from bondage to work and its auspicious and inauspicious
results. With your mind fixed on Me in this principle of renunciation,
you will be liberated and come to Me.
I envy no
one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders
service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend
Even if one
commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service
he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.
becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it
boldly that My devotee never perishes.
O son of Prtha,
those who take shelter in Me, though they be of lower birth -- women, vaishyas
[merchants] and sudras [workers] -- can attain the supreme destination.
How much more
this is so of the righteous brahmanas, the devotees and the saintly kings.
Therefore, having come to this temporary, miserable world, engage in loving
service unto Me.
mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me
and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to
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