Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 12

                                              Devotional Service

Which is considered to be more perfect,
those who are always properly engaged in your devotional service,
or those who worship the impersonal Brahman,
the Unmanifested?

Those who fix their minds on My personal form,
and are always engaged in worshipping Me
with great transcendental faith,
are considered by Me to be the most perfect.

But those who fully worship the Unmanifested,
that which lies beyond the perception of the senses,
the all-pervading, inconceivable, unchanging, fixed and immovable-
the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth-
by controlling the various senses
and being equally disposed to everyone,
such persons, engaged in the welfare of all, at last achieve Me.

For those whose minds are attached to the Unmanifested,
impersonal feature of the Supreme,
advancement is very troublesome.
To make progress in that discipline
is always difficult for those who are embodied.

But those who worship Me,
giving up all their activities unto Me,
and being devoted to Me,
without deviation,
are engaged in devotional service
and are always meditating upon Me.

Having fixed their minds upon Me,
O Son of Prtha,
for them I am the swift deliverer
from the ocean of birth and death.

Just fix your mind upon Me,
the Supreme Lord,
and engage all your intelligence in Me,
Thus you will live in Me always,
without a doubt.

My dear Arjuna,
O winner of wealth,
if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation,
then follow the regulative principles of bhakti-yoga.
In this way, develop a desire to attain me.

If you cannot practice the regulations of Bhakti yoga,
then just try to work for Me,
because, by working for Me,
you will come to the perfect stage.

If however, you are not able to work
in this consciousness of Me,
then try to act giving up all results of your work
and try to be self-situated.

If you cannot take to this practice,
then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge.
Better than knowledge, however,
is meditation,
and better than meditation
is renunciation of the fruits of action,
for by means of such renunciation
one can attain peace of mind.

One who is not envious
but is a kind friend to all living entitites,
who does not think himself a proprieter
and is free from false ego,
who is equal in both happiness and distress,
is forgiving.

One who is always satisfied,
and engaged in devotional service,
with determination,
his mind and intelligence,
fixed on Me,
such a devotee of Mine
is very dear to Me.

He, for whom no one is put into difficulty
and who is not disturbed by anyone,
who is equipoised in happiness and distress,
fear and anxiety,
is very dear to Me.

My devotee who is not dependent
on the ordinary course of activities,
who is pure, expert, without cares,
free from all pains,
and not striving for some result,
is very dear to Me.

One who neither rejoices nor grieves,
who neither laments nor desires,
and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things ,
such a devotee
is very dear to Me.

One who is equal to friends and enemies,
who is equipoised in honour and dishonour,
heat and cold,
happiness and distress,
he is free from all association.

One who is equipoised in fame and infamy,
who is always free from contamination of association,
always silent and satisfied with anything,
who doesn't care for any residence,
who is fixed in knowledge
and who is engaged in devotional service,
such a person
is very dear to Me.

Those who follow
this unperishable path of devotional service,
and who completely engage themselves with faith,
making Me the Supreme goal,
are very dear to Me




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