Bhishma Parva

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Section 36

XXXVI Bhagavad Gita Chapter XII Arjuna said, Of those worshippers who, constantly devoted, adore thee, and those who meditate on thee as the Immutable and Unmanifest, who are best acquainted with devotion'

The Holy One said, Fixing their mind on me, they that constantly adore me, being endued besides with the highest faith, are deemed by me to be the most devoted. They, however, who worship the Immutable, the Unmanifest, the All-pervading, the Inconceivable, the Indifferent, the Immutable, the Eternal, who, restraining the entire group of the senses, are equal-minded in respect of all around and are engaged in the good of all creatures, also attain to me. The trouble is the greater for those whose minds are fixed on the Unmanifest; for the path to the Unmanifest is hard to find by those that are embodied. They again who, reposing all action on me and regarding me as their highest object of attainment, worship me, meditating on me with devotion undirected to anything else, of them whose minds are thus fixed on me, I, without delay, become the deliverer from the ocean of this mortal world. Fix thy heart on me alone, place thy understanding on me, Hereafter then shalt thou dwell in me. There is no doubt in this If however, thou art unable to fix thy heart steadily on me, then, O Dhananjaya, strive to obtain me by devotion arising from continuous application. If thou beest unequal to even this continuous application, then let actions performed for me be thy highest aim. Even performing all thy acts for my sake, thou wilt obtain perfection. If even this thou art unable to do, then resorting to devotion in me, and subduing thy soul, abandon the fruit of all actions.

Knowledge is superior to application in devotion; meditation is better than knowledge; the abandonment of the fruit of reaction is better than meditation, and tranquillity results immediately from abandonment. He who hath no hatred for any creature, who is friendly and compassionate also, who is free from egoism, who hath no vanity, attachment, who is alike in pleasure and pain, who is forgiving, contented, always devoted, of subdued, soul, firm of purpose, with heart and understanding fixed on me, even he is dear to me. He through whom the world is not troubled, and who is not troubled by the world, who is free from joy, wrath, fear and anxieties, even he is dear to me. That devotee of mine who is unconcerned, pure, diligent, unconnected with worldly objects, and free from distress of mind, and who renounceth every action for fruit, even he is dear to me He who hath no joy, no aversion, who neither grieveth nor desireth, who renounceth both good and evil, and who is full of faith in me, even he is dear to me. He who is alike to friend and foe, as also in honour and dishonour, who is alike in cold and heat, and pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment, to whom censure and praise are equal, who is taciturn, who is contented with anything that cometh to him, who is homeless, of steady mind and full of faith, even that man is dear to me. They who resort to this righteousness leading to immortality which hath been already declared, those devotees full of faith and regarding me as the highest object of their acquisition are the dearest to me'

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