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The Bhagavad Gita translated by Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Chapter Twelve

The Yoga of Devotion

Arjuna said:

1. Those devotees who, ever steadfast, thus worship Thee and those also who worship the Imperishable and the Unmanifested-which of them are better versed in Yoga?

The Blessed Lord said:

2. Those who, fixing their minds on Me, worship Me, ever steadfast and endowed with supreme faith, these are the best in Yoga in My opinion.

3. Those who worship the imperishable, the indefinable, the unmanifested, the omnipresent, the unthinkable, the eternal and the immovable,

4. Having restrained all the senses, even-minded everywhere, intent on the welfare of all beings-verily they also come unto Me.

5. Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the Unmanifested; for the goal-the Unmanifested-is very difficult for the embodied to reach.

6. But to those who worship Me, renouncing all actions in Me, regarding Me as the supreme goal, meditating on Me with single-minded Yoga,

7. To those whose minds are set on Me, O Arjuna, verily I become ere long the saviour out of the ocean of the mortal Samsara!

8. Fix your mind on Me only, your intellect in Me, (then) you shall no doubt live in Me alone hereafter.

9. If you are unable to fix your mind steadily on Me, then by the Yoga of constant practice seek to reach Me, O Arjuna!

10. If you are unable to practise even this Abhyasa Yoga, be intent on doing actions for My sake; even by doing actions for My sake, you shall attain perfection.

11. If you are unable to do even this, then, taking refuge in union with Me, renounce the fruits of all actions with the self controlled.

12. Better indeed is knowledge than practice; than knowledge meditation is better; than meditation the renunciation of the fruits of actions; peace immediately follows renunciation.

13. He who hates no creature, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egoism, balanced in pleasure and pain, and forgiving,

14. Ever content, steady in meditation, possessed of firm conviction, self- controlled, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me, he, My devotee, is dear to Me.

15. He by whom the world is not agitated and who cannot be agitated by the world, and who is freed from joy, envy, fear and anxiety-he is dear to Me.

16. He who is free from wants, pure, expert, unconcerned, and untroubled, renouncing all undertakings or commencements-he who is (thus) devoted to Me, is dear to Me.

17. He who neither rejoices, nor hates, nor grieves, nor desires, renouncing good and evil, and who is full of devotion, is dear to Me.

18. He who is the same to foe and friend, and in honour and dishonour, who is the same in cold and heat and in pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment,

19. He to whom censure and praise are equal, who is silent, content with anything, homeless, of a steady mind, and full of devotion-that man is dear to Me.

20. They verily who follow this immortal Dharma (doctrine or law) as described above, endowed with faith, regarding Me as their supreme goal, they, the devotees, are exceedingly dear to Me. Hari Om Tat Sat

Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the twelfth discourse entitled: "The Yoga of Devotion"

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