Gita Acharan |English

Krishna says, "I am equally disposed to all living beings. To Me none is đ˜ŋđ™Ŧ𝙚𝙨𝙝𝙮𝙖 (hateful), none is 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙮𝙖 (dear). But those who worship me with devotion are in Me and I am also in them" (9.29). We find some people are fortunate in terms of health, wealth, power and fame whereas some are not, giving the impression of partiality. Secondly, while Krishna is referring to the unconditional love of 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙖đ™ĸ𝙖𝙩đ™ĸ𝙖, for us love flows when some conditions are met. These issues make understanding this verse tough.


Rain is the best example to understand the intricacies of this verse. During rainfall, if we keep a bowl, it gathers water. The bigger the bowl, more the water. But if it is kept upside down, then it is impossible to collect water. If we take rain as the blessings of 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙖đ™ĸ𝙖𝙩đ™ĸ𝙖, it is impartial and available to everyone. Devotion is keeping the bowl upright to collect blessings.


The unconditional love of 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙖đ™ĸ𝙖𝙩đ™ĸ𝙖 is also equanimous which can be seen from the following verses. Krishna says, "All those who take refuge in Me, whatever their birth, race, gender, or caste; kings and sages with meritorious deeds will attain the supreme destination. (9.32 and 9.33). Even if the sinners worship Me are to be considered righteous because they have made the proper resolve (9.30). Quickly they become virtuous, and attain lasting peace. No devotee of Mine is ever lost" (9.31).


Whatever may be the starting point (sinner), with resolve (energy) one can reach HIM with devotion (right direction). In this regard, Krishna says, "Always think of Me, be devoted to Me, worship Me, and offer obeisance to Me. Having dedicated your mind and body to Me, you will certainly come to Me" (9.34). This is an assurance from the Almighty of ultimate freedom (đ™ĸ𝙤𝙠𝙨𝙝𝙖) here and now.

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