Gita Daily Readings

14th July
Chapter IX: 32-33
For, taking refuge in me, even they who, Oh Arjuna, may be of a sinful birth - women, businessmen as well as laborers - attain the supreme goal.

How much more, then, the holy brahmanas and devoted royal saints! Having obtained this impermanent and misery-ridden world, do thou worship me.

Commentary

When we take refuge in God, we offer ourselves to him and become his property. It then becomes his responsibility to preserve that property. God will not let us go. A deluded miser clings to a piece of gold and risks his very life for it; how much more valuable is a human soul! (Remember lord Jesus comparing sparrows and the human being?) Moreover, since, to God, the love of the human soul is natural, born of their eternal unity, once this re-union is effected it is not lost. The divine grip over the human soul may even take the form of worldly losses and bereavements. These are meant only to prevent the devotee from "adoring anything but God." The Lord might now scrape the adhering taints of past sinful life, which may be felt as pain by the human mind, and polish it, possibly giving the experience of psychic visions, just as the jeweler's rubbing and polishing of gold jewelry are prompted by his love of his property and his eagerness to increase its luster and therefore its worth.

When thus visited by the conventionally misunderstood pain, misery and dishonor, the devotee sees them as proper signs of the true nature of the world in which he is born (impermanent and frustrating), and of the redeeming grace of God, which thus prevents him from being deluded. He does not blame the Lord nor is his devotion disturbed.

Endowed with this understanding, men and women of all castes and orders of life become eligible for the light which leads them to the supreme goal, without the least partiality or victimization incident upon their birth.

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