SUPREME KNOWLEDGE AND THE BIG MYSTERY
Krishna said: I shall reveal to you, who do not disbelieve, the
most profound secret transcendental knowledge together with transcendental
experience. Having known this you will be freed from the miseries
of worldly existence.
OF THE NATURE OF SUPREME IS THE BIGGEST MYSTERY
Self-knowledge is the king of all knowledge, is the most secret,
is very sacred, it can be perceived by instinct, conforms to righteousness
(Dharma), is very easy to practice, and is timeless.
Arjuna, those who have no faith in this knowledge do not
attain Me, and follow the cycles of birth and death.
entire universe is an expansion of Mine. All beings depend on Me
(like a chain depends on gold, and the milk products depend on milk).
I do not depend on ¾ or affected by ¾ them; because
I am the highest of all.
at the power of My divine mystery; in reality, I ¾ the sustainer
and creator of all beings ¾ do not depend on them, and they
also do not depend on Me. (In fact, the gold-chain does not depend
on gold; the gold-chain is nothing but gold. Also, matter and energy
are different as well as non-different).
that all beings remain in Me — without any contact or without
producing any effect — as the mighty wind, moving everywhere,
eternally remains in space.
OF EVOLUTION AND INVOLUTION
beings merge into My primary material Nature at the end of a cycle
of just over 311 trillion solar years, O Arjuna, and I create them
again at the beginning of the next cycle.
create the entire multitude of beings again and again with the help
of My material Nature. These beings are under control of the modes
of material Nature.
acts of creation do not bind Me, O Arjuna, because I remain indifferent
and unattached to those acts.
divine kinetic energy (Maya) ¾ with the help of material
Nature ¾ creates all animate and inanimate objects under
My supervision, and thus the creation keeps on going, O Arjuna.
OF THE WISE, AND OF THE IGNORANT ARE DIFFERENT
ignorant persons despise Me when I appear in human form, because
they do not know My transcendental nature as the great Lord of all
beings, and take Me for an ordinary human being. They are unable
to recognize Me, because they have false hopes, false actions, and
false knowledge; and possess delusive qualities of fiends and demons.
great souls, O Arjuna, who possess divine qualities know Me as immutable;
as the material and efficient cause of creation, and worship Me
single-mindedly with loving devotion.
of firm resolve worship Me with ever-steadfast devotion by always
singing My glories, striving to attain Me, and prostrating before
Me with devotion.
worship Me by acquiring the knowledge of God. Others worship the
infinite as the One in all (or non-dual), as the master of all (or
dual), and in various other ways.
IS A MANIFESTATION OF THE ABSOLUTE
am the ritual, I am the sacrifice, I am the offering, I am the herb,
I am the mantra, I am the clarified butter, I am the fire, and I
am the oblation. I am the supporter of the universe, the father,
the mother, and the grandfather. I am the object of knowledge, the
sacred syllable OM, and the Vedas. I am the goal, the supporter,
the Lord, the witness, the abode, the refuge, the friend, the origin,
the dissolution, the foundation, the substratum, and the immutable
give heat, I send as well as withhold the rain. I am immortality
as well as death, I am also both the eternal Absolute and the temporal,
O Arjuna. (The Supreme Being has become everything,
SALVATION BY DEVOTIONAL LOVE
doers of the rituals prescribed in the Vedas, the drinkers of the
nectar of devotion, and whose sins are cleansed, worship Me by doing
good deeds for gaining heaven. As a result of their meritorious
deeds they go to heaven and enjoy celestial sense pleasures.
return to the mortal world ¾ after enjoying the wide world
of heavenly pleasures ¾ upon exhaustion of the fruits of
their good Karma. Thus following the injunctions of the Vedas, persons
working for the fruit of their actions take repeated birth and death.
personally take care of both spiritual and material welfare of those
ever-steadfast devotees who always remember and adore Me with single-minded
Arjuna, even those devotees who worship the deities with
faith, they also worship Me, but in an improper way.
I, the Supreme Being, alone am the enjoyer of all sacrificial services,
and Lord of the universe. But people do not know My true transcendental
nature. Therefore, they fall into the repeated cycles of birth and
of the celestial controllers go to the celestial controllers, the
worshippers of the ancestors go to the ancestors, and the worshippers
of the ghosts go to the ghosts, but My devotees come to Me, and
are not born again.
ACCEPTS AND EATS THE OFFERING OF LOVE AND DEVOTION
offers Me a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water with devotion; I accept
and eat the offering of devotion by the pure-hearted.
Arjuna, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you
offer as oblation to the sacred fire, whatever charity you give,
whatever austerity you perform, do all that as an offering unto
shall become free from the bondage ¾ good and bad ¾
of Karma and come to Me by this attitude of complete renunciation.
Self is present equally in all beings. There is no one hateful or
dear to Me. But, those who worship Me with love and devotion are
very close to Me, and I am also very close to them.
IS NO UNFORGIVABLE SINNER
if the most sinful person resolves to worship Me with single-minded
loving devotion, such a person must be regarded as a saint because
of making the right resolution.
a person soon becomes righteous and attains everlasting peace. Be
aware, O Arjuna, that My devotee shall never perish or fall down.
OF DEVOTIONAL LOVE IS EASIER
can attain the Supreme Abode by just surrendering unto My will with
loving devotion, O Arjuna.
it should be very easy for the wise and devout sages to attain the
Supreme Being. Therefore, having obtained this joyless and transitory
human life, one should always worship Me with loving devotion.
think of Me, be devoted to Me, worship Me, and bow down to Me. Thus
uniting yourself with Me by setting Me as the supreme goal and the
sole refuge, you shall certainly come to Me.