9.33 kiṁ punar brāhmaṇāḥ puṇyā (Original)

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Chapter 9

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kiṁ punar brāhmaṇāḥ puṇyā
bhaktā rājarṣayas tathā
anityam asukhaṁ lokam
imaṁ prāpya bhajasva mām

‘Why doubt then, about the merit-full loving brāhmaṇas and king-saints. Do thou, who art in this transient and joyless world, worship Me’1.

By putting trust in Me, even women, the vaiśyas, (or the trading class who, by the very nature of their calling, commit sin) or the Śūdras, (the low servile class) though sin-born, do yet go to the supreme state. While so, that well-born brāhmaṇas (priest-class) and king-saints are established in My love, need not be questioned.

Joyless world: because it is stricken with the three-fold afflictions (tāpa);2 and it is fleeting.

Thou (Arjuna)! art a king-saint and art living in such a world. Do thou worship Me.

The nature of bhakti (God-love) is thus described:—

>> Chapter 9 verse 34

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  1. Vide Bhāg: II-7-4: Te vai vidanty etc.’
  2. The three kinds of sufferings man is subject to, viz,, ādhy-ātmika= self-caused, ādhi-bhautika=those arising from the external world, and ādhi-daivika=providential visitations.

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