Gita : Ch-12. Slo-20. Discussion-4.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :

Chapter-12. ( Bhakti-yogam )

Slokam-20. ( He who follows this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engages himself with faith, making Me the supreme goal, is very, very dear to Me.)

ye  tu  dharmamrtamidam  yathoktam  paryupasate,

sraddadhana  ma-paramah  bhaktastetiva  me  priyah.

yathoktam  =  as  mentioned  above;

idam  dharmamrtam  =  of  this  sanatana-dharmam;

sraddadhana  =  with  at  most  care  and  faith;

mat-paramah  =  taking  the  Supreme  Lord  as  everything  ( Goal );

ye  tu    paryupasate  =  those  who  are  completely  as  much  as  prcticing  Sadhana  as  per  the  format;

te  bhaktah  =  those  devotees;

me  ativa  priyah  =  For  Me,  (  they  are  )  very  very  dear.


Casting away all things undesirable which do not lead to bhakti or exclusive loving devotion to the Supreme Lord Krishna, such a devotee becomes very dear to Him.

Collating and applying all of the recommendations given in these past seven verses His devotee becomes especially dear to Lord Krishna.

Bhakti is completely independent and alone is considered the goal. Dharma is considered the means and primary path leading to bhakti..

That which is an instrument of bhakti is also a part of bhakti. Thus the means dharma guides one to the goal of bhakti. Thus the path of immortal bhakti can be approached by following dharma.

To be continued  ....

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