9.27 yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi (Original)

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Chapter 9

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yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi
yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam

‘Whatsoever thou dost do, dost eat, dost oblate, dost give, dost do of tapas, Kaunteya!, do thou that, as dedication (to Me).’

Whatsoever mundane calling thou mayst be engaged in, out of necessity to live; whatsoever thou mayst be eating as thy food, whatsoever daily and occasional Veda-enjoined duties thou mayst be fulfilling, such as homa (fire-sacrifices), dāna=gifts, tapas=austerities, deliver them all unto Me.

That which is dedicated, delivered, or offered up is arpaṇa. That is to say, do all acts as if the doer, the enjoyer, and the worshipped were all offered up in Me.

The import is this: ‘In all acts constituting yāgas (sacrifices) and dānas (gifts), the devas (or lesser gods) are resorted to as objects of worship; and thou art the performer of the act and the enjoyer. But both the devas and thyself are Mine; and depend on Me alone as your Prop, and for all your impulses and very being. In Me, therefore, Who am the Absolute Lord (śeshi), the Paramount Agent or Actor, offer up (1) thyself, the actor, the enjoyer, the worshipper, (2) the hosts of devas, the worshipped; and (3) the sum of acts constituting worship. Let thy mode of contemplation united with rapt love be of the manner that thou art My ruled, deriving thy chief characteristic of liegeship (or vassalage) relatively to such (God-)rule, and that the worshipped devas are of similar nature.

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