Friday, October 31, 2014

[gita-talk] On Exclusive Devotion (Ananyataa)


What does "Ananya" really mean ?  What does it mean when one says EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION ?   I have difficulty understanding  "I am only God's and only God is mine."  In Gita 7-19 Lord Krishna says "Vasudeva Sarvam",  so with that bhava or feeling, how is one to truly comprehend exclusivity ?  How does a devotee with exclusive devotion, behave in this world?      Briefly please -  



अनन्य शब्दका अर्थ है 'अन्य (कोई दूसरा) नहीं। 
EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION अर्थात अनन्य निष्ठा। 
आप चाहे समझें या न भी समझें, आप हैं तो केवल उसीकी और केवल वही आपका है। 
हमने तो इसे ऐसे समझा : यदि मैं उसका नहीं हूँ तो किसका हूँ? 
जब किसी भी उत्तरसे संतुष्टि नहीं मिली तो बात बन गयी (स्वीकार हो गयी)।  
इसी तरह : यदि केवल वह मेरा नहीं है तो और कौन मेरा है?
जब कोई भी अपना नहीं मिला [सभी (व्यक्ति, वस्तुयें, पदार्थ, क्रियायें, स्थितियाँ आदि) तो छूटते जा रहे हैं] तो बात बन गयी (स्वीकार हो गयी)।  

The meaning of the word "ananya"  is "anya nahi" (none other).  
Exclusive Devotion meaning "exclusivity and firm position" 
Whether you may understand or not,   You are only His and only He is yours. 
The way I have understood this is :  If I am not His,  then whose am I ?
When there was no satisfactions from any answer,  then the answer was clear and final (acceptance).  
In the same way :  If He is not mine,  then who else is mine?  
When no one I found to be mine (all people,  things, objects ,  actions, states etc) are separating from me.  Then it was clear (acceptance once and for all).  



when your every action word and deed is for the GOD by the GOD. nothing other than GOD is there that includes you also. example meera, shabri,radha,ramana,etc. once bhagavan, out of some mistake of  one of his devotee, reprimanded him thus. , "leave the place immediately, I don't want to see your face" devotee replied ,  "please where is the place where you are not there and can not see me. then only I can go there." GOD was silent and  was all praise for the devotee. this is annaya bhakti.

c k kaul


Shree Hari 

Sharing a couple of helpful links from previous gita-talk responses 

Exclusive Refuge in God - What are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd....steps? (Gita 18:66)

How to Develop Exclusive Devotion like Hanumanji?

Ram Ram   
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