Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.66 – 18.70

The Blessed Lord said, “sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah
– Abandoning – parityajya all forms of rites and duties – sarva-dharmān, take refuge – saranam vraja in Me alone – mām ekam. I – aham shall free –moksayisyāmi you – tvā from all sins – sarva-pāpebhyah. Therefore – do not grieve – sucah


idam te natapaskaya
nabhaktaya kadacana
na casusrusave vacyam
na ca mam yo ‘bhyasuyati
– This that I have taught you should not ever be taught to one who is devoid of austerities and to one who is not a devotee; also, neither to one who does not render service, nor as well to one who cavils at Me. 


ya idam paramam guhyam
mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
bhaktim mayi param krtva
mam evaisyaty asamsayah
– He who – yah, entertaining – krtvā supreme – parām devotion – bhaktim to Me – mayi, will speak of – abhi-dhāsyati  this – imam highest – paramam secret – guhyam to My devotees – madbhaktesu will without doubt reach Me alone. 


na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi
– And as compared with him, none else among human beings is the best accomplisher of what is dear to Me. Moreover, nor will there be anyone else in the world dearer to Me than he.


adhyesyate ca ya imam
dharmyam samvadam avayoh
jnana-yajnena tenaham
istah syam iti me matih
– And he who will study this sacred conversation between us two, which is conducive to virtue, by him I shall be adored through the Sacrifice in the form of Knowledge – jnāna-yajnena. This is My judgement.


[Chapter 18, Slokas 18.66 – 18.70]

Author’s thoughts:

Lord Krishna in the above verses yet again instructs Arjuna about seeking refuge in Him and that he will surely attain Him alone through absolute surrender.

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