18.78 yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo (Original)

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Chapter 18

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yatra yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo
yatra pārtho dhanur-dharaḥ
tatra śrīr vijayo bhūtir
dhruvā nītir matir mama

‘(In short), I trow that where there dwells Yoga’s Lord, Kṛishṇa, (and) where the bow-bearer Pārtha, there shall eternally dwell Fortune and Victory, Power and Virtue.’

Yogeśvara = Yoga’s Lord i.e, The Lord or Designer of all the various dispensations or combinations (yoga) appropriate to the singular natures characteristic of the sum of Sentient and Insentient existences, —Superior and Inferior— composing the Universe); the Lord, to Whose Will is subject the diversities of all existences —save Himself—consisting in their several essential natures; in (their periods of) duration; &c., and in (their) modes of operation.

Kṛishṇa = The son of Vasudeva.

(And) where the bow-bearer1 Pārtha, (dwells); the son of His (Kṛishṇa’s) paternal-aunt —whose sole Refuge is His Foot-Couple.2

(Where these Personages dwell, or read, heard or spoken of, together,3) there do ever (or permanently) dwell Fortune (śrīḥ), Victory (vijaya), Power (or Prosperity, bhūti) and Virtue (or Law or Righteousness, nīti).


Thus closes the Eighteenth Discourse,

Named, Moksh-opadeśa-Yoga,


The Book of the Teaching of Salvation,

With Śri Rāmānuja’s Commentary thereon,

In the colloquy between Śri Kṛishṇa and Arjuna,

In the Science of Yoga,

In the Gnosis4 of the Upanishads,

Or the Chants of Śrī Bhagavān,

The Bhagavad-Gītā.


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  1. Indicating that Arjuna is now ready to do the Lord’s bidding, contrasting with his unwillingness shown before (read Bh: Gi: 1-47
  2. Shows that Refuge in God is the cardinal virtue that God recognizes, not mere consanguinity.
  3. Esoterically, these personages are Nārāyaṇa and Nara, dwelling together as Teacher and Pupil in eternal companionship. Doubtless connected with Nerens and Nerieds (vide G.P. Tiele’s Outlines of Ancient Religions, P.148
  4. Theosophy (Divine knowledge)

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