11.54 bhaktyā tv ananyayā śakya (Original)

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Chapter 11

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bhaktyā tv ananyayā śakya
aham evaṁ-vidho ’rjuna
jñātuṁ draṣṭuṁ ca tattvena
praveṣṭuṁ ca paran-tapa

‘By Bhakti alone, Arjuna! —exclusive— am I possible to be thus —in essence— seen and known and penetrable, Parantapa!’

By Vedas, includes teaching the Vedas, inculcating their sense, learning (by rote), hearing, meditating etc.

Sacrifices=oblating in fire etc., (agnihotra), and performing the great ritualistic Sacrifices (yāga):

Devoid of Love (Bhakti) to Me, none of these, alms-givings, or rigid austerities etc., are independently, of any avail to disclose Me as My true Self. But by Love (Bhakti) exclusive, I am easy to be known in the manner that Śāstras promulgate Me; I am easy to be seen as I, in essence, am; and I am easy to be penetrable, in essence. (=Divine Communion=the actual blessed experience of the soul in God-fellowship).

So chants the Śruti:

‘Not by deliberation is this Ātma reachable, nor by concentration, nor by much hearing (learning), but is reached by him whom He may elect; to whom He may (choose to) reveal His Essence’.[1. Kath: Up°: 11-23., ‘Nā`yam ātmā pravachanena labhyo’ &c.]

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