Gita : Ch-12. Slo-10.



Srimad  Bhagavad-Gita :

Chapter-12. ( Bhakti-yogam )

Slokam-10. ( If you cannot practice the regulations of bhakti-yoga, then just try to work for Me, because by working for Me you will come to the perfect stage.)


abhyasepyasamarthosi  matkarmaparamo  bhava,


madarthamapi  karmaṇi   kurvan  siddhimavapsyasi.


abhyase  api  =  to  the  yogam  of  abhyasam ( practice /Sadhana );

asamarthah  asi  =  (if)  you  are  not  capable;

mat-karma-paramah  bhava  =  for  Me  (  as  My  representative ) you  become  the  active  doer  of  karmam;

madartham  =  for  My  sake;

karmaṇi   kurvan  api  =  with  this  action  of  karma-s;

siddhim  avapsyasi  =  you  can  attain /achieve  the  Supreme  Goal  ( Me ).


If one is not able to perform steady practice in attempting to remember Him with regularity then one should be solely dedicated to rituals and ceremonies that please the Supreme Lord Krishna such as fasting from all grains on ekadasi which is the 11th day of the waxing moon and the 11th day of the waning moon.

Celebrating on His appearance day of Janmashtami in the month of Kanya or August -September with pomp and splendour and celebrating the appearance days of all of His avatars or authorised incarnations and expansions such as Rama or Narasimhadeva or Vamana which occur throughout the year.

By going on pilgrimage to the holy places in India where the Supreme Lord and His avat?rs exclusively performed Their pastimes on Earth. Also by performing sankirtana or the congregational chanting of Lord Krishna's holy names.

All these activities please the Supreme Lord very much and by performing them for His satisfaction will award liberation to the sincere aspirant if they have accepted a spiritual master in disciplic succession from one of the four authorised samprad?ya's as revealed in Vedic scriptures.

If one is unable to even consistently endeavour to remember Lord Krishna while restraining the mind from pursuing the objects of the senses then He offers an easier method which is to perform activities dedicated to Him such as chanting His holy names, singing hymns of praise to Him alone and with others, constructing temples for His deity forms, cultivating Tulasi gardens for His worship, growing flowers and vegetables for His service, cow protection, offering dhupa or incense, dhipa or ghee lamps, puspa or flowers, circumambulation of His holy pastime places and dhama's or abodes, etc.

By performing such actions for the exclusive satisfaction of the Supreme Lord Krishna one's mind will become steady and soon be able to fix its focus exclusively upon the Supreme Lord and subsequent realisation of Him will manifest within the heart.

If one is still unable to constantly endeavour to perform repeated concentration upon Lord Krishna then one should at least try to perform activities in His service whenever possible such as cow protection, construction of Vedic temples to house His deity forms, maintaining flower gardens for His worship, cultivation of fruit and vegetable gardens for His service, etc.

Also in included in these activities is visiting His holy pastime places and hearing about them, perambulating His holy dhama or abodes in India, prostrating before Him, singing and dancing in glory to Him, etc.

All these activities for Lord Krishna should be performed with causeless, ardent affection in bhakti or exclusive loving devotion. Performing such activities exclusively for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord prepares the mind for constant remembrance and subsequent fixed focus on Him without deviation.

To be continued  .....


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