12.16 anapekṣaḥ śucir dakṣa (Original)

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Chapter 12

<< Chapter 12 verse 15


anapekṣaḥ śucir dakṣa
udāsīno gata-vyathaḥ
yo mad-bhaktaḥ sa me priyaḥ

‘Desireless, pure, proficient, unconcerned, unafflicted, surceasing from all undertakings, —that Bhakta is dear to Me.’

An-apekshaḥ=Having no love or desire for any thing else save ātma (=desireless).

Śuchiḥ=To be pure: is to sustain the body by Śāstra-prescribed articles (=food).

Dakshaḥ=Proficient or expert in carrying out Śāstra-enjoined works. And,

Udāsīnaḥ=unconcerned in other matters.

Gata-vyathaḥ=Unmoved or unafflicted by the necessary experiences of heat, cold, hardness etc., contingential to the successful carrying out of Śāstra-enjoined duties.


Who gives up every other undertaking than that demanded by Śāstra; such a Bhakta is dear to Me.

>> Chapter 12 verse 17

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