The Bhagavad Gita – Capsule 9

The Bhagavad Gita in Capsules – Chapter 9

The book “The Prasthānatraya – An Introduction” by Revered Swami Harshananda, President of Ramakrishna Math, Bengaluru was published in 2001. The Swami has bestowed on us a summary of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita of Lord Krishna. I bow my head in reverence and in praise of Swamiji and pray for his blessings in my taking the liberty of retyping the summary from the book and posting it in my blog.

This is the Summary of the ninth chapter, Rājavidyā-rājaguhya Yoga


Promising to teach that esoteric wisdom which is easy to practise and by which Arjuna will attain liberation, Srīkrishna continues the discourse.

He as the unmanifest-power has pervaded the whole world. At the end of each cycle of creation, all beings enter into his prakrti and are re-manifested at the beginning of the next cycle. This creation is done by his prakrti under his supervision.

Evil and foolish people look down upon him, who has come in the human form, not knowing his higher nature.

The good and the noble ones, however, worship him with single-minded devotion.

He is all – the various items of a sacrifice, the father, mother and sustainer of the universe, the goal and the Lord, the place of origin and dissolution.  He is the sun that shines, the rain that pours. He is immortality as well as death. It is who is propitiated through sacrifices.

If people worship him only, (and) are eternally devoted to him, then he will take over the responsibility of taking care of them. Those who worship other deities reach them, whereas those who worship him, come to him. However he is the Self of all these deities also.

What really matters in worshipping him is devotion. He accepts even a leaf or a flower or water if offered with devotion and faith.

He has no enemies nor friends. Even the worst sinner, once he realizes his mistakes and worships Srīkrishna with devotion, becomes transformed into a righteous soul. Srīkrishna solemnly declares that his devotee never perishes and advises Arjuna to be deeply devoted to him.


Courtesy: Swami Harshananda  (emphases, if any, are mine. – nytanaya)


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