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The Yoga of the Highest and Most Discreet KnowledgeGo to: Chapter Ten.9:1: The Blessed One said: Because you are not envious, to you I willdeclare the most discreet knowledge, along with its realization,knowing which, you will be liberated from all inauspiciousness.
9:2: This highest and most discreet knowledge is purifying andsupreme. It is perceived by direct experience and hence is thefulfillment of all religious and moral duties. It is joyful to performas well as imperishable.
9:3: Those who are faithless in their Sacred Duties, O slayer ofenemies, and who do not attain Me, return by the path [of rebirth] tothis material world of death.
9:4, 5: All the material universes are pervaded by Myunmanifested form. In Me all beings exist, though I am not situated inthem.
And the beings do not dwell in Me, behold my divine yogic ability!Although I am the maintainer of all beings, I do not dwell in them, MySelf being the Source of all beings.
9:6: As the mighty wind always dwells in the Akasha, moving everywhere, even so know that all beings dwell in Me.
9:7: O child of Kunti, at the end of every age all materialbeings enter into My nature and again, at the beginning of every age, Irecreate them.
9:8: Supported by My material nature, I dispatch the multitude ofbeings again and again. All these act instinctively in material natureas if by constraint.
9:9: O conqueror of riches, I am not bound by these activities; as if indifferent, I am sitting unattached to them all.
9:10: Due to My presiding over material nature, both the movingand the unmoving come forth, O child of Kunti, and by reason of this theworld continues to revolve.
9:11, 12: Fools deride Me when I resort in human form, not knowing My superior nature as the Great Lord of all beings.
Their hopes, actions and knowledge are all fruitless, they aresenseless, demonic and unholy, indeed, they are stupefied by materialnature.
9:13: On the other hand, O child of Partha, great souls resortunto the divine nature and worship with an undeviated mind, knowing Meto be the immutable source of all beings.
9:14: Always chanting My glories and pursuing Me, with disciplineprostrating [themselves] before Me, always resolute in devotion, [thegreat souls] worship Me.
9:15: Others sacrifice with the sacrifice of knowledge,worshiping Me in oneness, duality, in diversity and in the universalform.
9:16-19: I am the ritual, I am the sacrifice, I am the oblationto the ancestors, I am the medicinal herb, I am the sacred chant, I amthe ghee, I am the fire and I am the offering.
I am the father of this universe, the mother, the preserver, thegrandfather, the object of knowledge, the purifier, the sacred syllableOµ, the Rig Veda, the Sama Veda, and the Yajur Veda.
I am the goal, the sustainer, the lord, the witness, the abode, therefuge, the friend, the origin, the dissolution, the foundation, thereceptacle and the imperishable seed.
I give heat, I send forth and withhold the rains, I am immortality as well as death; I am, O Arjuna, both being and non-being.
9:20, 21: Those who know the three Vedas, who drink the soma,whose sins are purified by sacrificial worship of Me, and who pray forpassage to the heavenly planets, such holy people attain the planet ofLord Indra and there enjoy the celestial pleasures of the devas inheaven.
After enjoying the vast heavenly planets, their pious merits being wellspent, they again enter this mortal world. Thus following the laws ofthe three Vedas, they go and return due to their desire to desire.
9:22: But those who worship Me with undeviated intent, who haveno other object and who are are always yoked in devotion, upon them Iconfer happiness and carry them through.
9:23, 24: Also those who are devotees of other gods, and whoworship them, endowed with faith, they actually worship Me alone, O sonof Kunti, but by a lesser method.
I indeed am the Enjoyer and God of all sacrifices, but not knowing Me in truth they fall down.
9:25: Those who worship the gods go to the gods, those whoworship the ancestors go to the ancestors, those who worship ghosts goto the ghosts, but those who worship Me go to Me.
9:26: If one offers Me a leaf, a flower, a fruit or some waterwith devotion I will accept it. I accept what is offered by one whosemind is pure.
9:27: Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer (insacrifice), whatever you give away (in charity), whatever austeritiesyou perform, O child of Kunti, do it all as an offering unto Me.
9:28: Thus freed from auspicious and inauspicious fruitivereactions, you will be liberated from the bondage of karma [action].With the mind firmly established in the yoga of renunciation, you willbe liberated and come to Me.
9:29: I am equitable towards all beings; none are hateful andnone are dear to Me. But those who worship Me with devotion are in Meand I am in them.
9:30, 31: Even if one's actions are abominable, if such a oneworships Me with exclusive devotion that person should be consideredvirtuous due to that integral determination.
Such a person soon becomes a righteous soul and attains eternal peace. Ochild of Kunti, boldly declare that My devotee shall never perish!
9:32, 33: O child of Partha, those who take refuge in Me, even ifof a lower birth - women, vaishyas or sudras - attain the supreme goal.
How much more the holy brahmanas, devotees and royal saints who, havingachieved this temporary world filled with sorrows, worship Me.
9:34: Always conscious of Me, become My devotee and sacrificer.Prostrate before Me. Having Me as the supreme goal, by thoroughly yokingyourself with Me you will come to Me.
Here Ends Chapter Ten
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