18.55 bhaktyā mām abhijānāti (Original)

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bhaktyā mām abhijānāti
yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā
viśate tad-anantaram

‘By Love, doth he full know, Who and What I am in truth; by it, after knowing Me in truth doth he enter into Me.’

Who I am = Who I am in essence, and by essential attributes; what I am = What I am by manifested attributes and manifested glories of the Universe.

By Bhakti or Love, (i.e., the emotional part of man’s nature -which constitutes the subjectivity of the heart- employed in seeking out God), of this kind, one finds Me out in My true-Self. This knowledge or finding Me out means the obtaining of the vision of Myself as I am in essence, in essential attributes, properties and glories (such as that which Arjuna saw, described in the Eleventh Lecture). After this Vision, is the ‘entering’ into Me, i.e., joining Me, borne aloft by the same intense Love.

Tatah = ‘By it’ means here thereby (not there) = by Bhakti, this constituting verily the Means by which the said ‘entry’ into Me, is in reality effected; this is testified to by what has been declared in the Stanza:

‘But by Love, undivided, I am possible’ (Gi: XI-54).

The fruition of such works as those of nitya and naimittika, —performed with fruits therefor resigned, etc., performed as but modes of worshipping Paramapurusha—, has now been told. That the same fruition attends the works of the kāmya kind -performed in the same manner—, is now declared:

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