Chapter XI: 55
|He who does all actions for me, who looks upon me as the supreme, who is devoted to me, who is free from attachment, who bears enmity towards no creature, comes to me, Oh Arjuna.|
CommentaryKrishna is so fond of this idea that he repeats it thrice in the scripture. He concludes the ninth chapter and also his teaching in the eighteenth chapter on the same note. This spiritual alchemy transforms all life into divine life. It is the bridge that links the contraries, the secret that unravels all mysteries, the solution to all the riddles of the Bhagavad Gita.
No activity will lead you to God, yet you cannot remain without action even for a second. Life itself is action. Actions arise in God's nature and that nature carries on the world-play. Therefore, work - but "work for me" - realizing that God is the source of action, 'I' am not the doer at all. God is your supreme goal, but let not this idea tempt you to neglect your duties.
Knowing that God is in all, that God is the all, be devoted to the welfare of all beings. Beware, however, lest you should get attached to them. You love them - no, not "them," but the God in them.
This non-attachment, in its turn has one peril. It may lead you to a life of isolation, a dread of people and of living with them and serving them. It may even make you feel that the world and its peoples are your enemies who will lead you astray, so that you should avoid them like poison! If you entertain this idea, you will be throwing the child away with the bathwater. You will be shutting the omnipresent God out of your heart.
The perception of truth or the reality transforms the world into the love of God without touching it or wanting to change it. In the delicate art of loving all and yet not becoming attached to them (loving them); of loving God in them, and yet not regarding "them" as different from God - lies the secret of self-realization.
OM TAT SAT
Thus in the Upanisad
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