Saturday, May 7, 2016

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message (Gita 18-59)


Daily Bhagavad Gita Message 

Gita 18-59

                            yadahakāramāśritya na yotsya iti manyase
mithyaiṣa vyavasāyaste prakṛtistvāṁ niyokṣyati
Prompted by egoism, you think ''I will not fight,'' this resolve of yours is in vain. Your Kṣatriya nature will drive you to fight.


The Lord told Arjuna that by His grace, he would attain Him and also overcome all his obstacles (18/56, 58). But in spite of the Lord's such utterances, Arjuna did not respond, then the Lord declares, "If out of ignorance you do not listen to Me, it is not an issue but if out of egoism, you do not listen to Me, you will come to be ruin." The Lord means to say that as He takes full responsibility of a devotee for his means and end, so the devotee should also take refuge in Him in every way. But if he does not take refuge in Me but takes refuge in egoism, he will fall. On one side the Lord inspires him to perform his duty to fight; and on the other hand his Kṣatriya nature will compel him to fight. Now, if he does not obey the Lord, his Ksatra-nature will force him to fight, he cannot stay away from fighting anyway, but then he himself will have to shoulder the responsibility and not the Lord.
Gita 18-58

maccittaḥ sarvadurgāṇi matprasādāttariṣyasi
atha cettvamahakārānna śroṣyasi vinakṣyasi

Fixing your mind on Me, by My grace you shall overcome all obstacles; but if out of pride you will not listen to Me, you shall perish.

The only thing for a devotee to do is to give up the affinity with the world and turn towards God. After devotee turns towards God, if there remains a shortcoming in him,  that will be removed by His grace. It means the devotee has no longer any responsibility to remove the shortcoming, but God takes full responsibility to remove that shortcoming. The Lord, by showering His special grace on the devotee, removes all obstacles and hurdles, and even makes it possible to His attainment.

From Gita Prabodhani in Hindi, by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Ram Ram


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