7.21 yO yO yAm yAm thanum bhaktha:

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Chapter 7

<< Chapter 7 verse 20

SlOkam – Original

yO yO yAm yAm thanum bhaktha: SradhdhayArchithum ichchathi |
thasya thasyAcalAm SradhdhAm thAm Eva vidhadhAmyaham ||

word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

ya: ya: bhaktha: – whichever devotee of the dhEvathAntharams (other dhEvathAs)
yAm yAm thanum – any dhEvathA who is [my] SarIra (body)
SradhdhayA – faithfully
archithum – to worship
ichchathi – desires
thasya thasya – to such devotee
thAm Eva SradhdhAm – faith towards that dhEvathA
achalAm – firm
aham – I
vidhadhAmi – bestow

Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

Whichever devotee of the dhEvathAntharams (other dhEvathAs) who desires to worship faithfully any dhEvathA who is [my] SarIra (body), I bestow the firm faith to such devotee towards that dhEvathA.

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

‘Whatsoever body (form) a devotee wishes, in faith, to worship, that very faith in him do I render firm.’

Even those other deities (Indra) constitute My body.1 Though ignorant of this truth as enounced in such Sruti texts:—

‘Who is seated in the sun, (but) Whom the sun knoweth not, of Whom the sun is body’ etc.,2 yet, whoso wishes to worship Indra etc., who form My body, I grant him unwavering faith for that very worship he desires, knowing as I do that his faith is pinned to that which in fact constitutes My own body.3

Unwavering or firm faith=unhindered or undisturbed faith.

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  1. Cp: Tait: Up: Śikshā-valli 5-1 (angānyanyā devatāḥ).
  2. Bri: Up°. 5-7-9 (Ya āditye tisḥthan Yam adityo na veda, Yasyādityas āarīram).
  3. Cp. IV-11 Bh: Gi.

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