SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
kṣipraṁ bhavati dharmātmā
na me bhaktaḥ praṇaśyati
‘Speedy becometh he a holy soul, and flieth to eternal rest. Promise Me, Kaunteya! that My Bhakta (beloved) perisheth not.'[2. Cp: XVIII-65, Bh: Gi: where the Lord makes the promise to Arjuna: ‘Prati-jāne priyo `si Me’. In this verse, Arjuna’s pledge is asked.]
Through love to Me, loving for love’s sake, and ecstatically transported by that love as he is, he is soon shorn of all sin; the humours of rajas and tamas are rooted out; and he speedily becomes a holy soul (dharm-ātma), that is to say, he soon becomes of a mind exclusively devoted to My worship with all its auxiliaries, unobstructed. It is this devotion which was alluded to at the commencement: viz., ‘of this Dharma (Path of Virtue), Parantapa!’ (Bh: Gi: IX-3), by the term Dharma.
Such a person goes to an eternal state from which there, is no return, —a state where all effort contrariwise to reaching Me ceases.
Do thou Kaunteya! give Me assurance as to the certitude of this opinion of Mine that, whoso is My loving votary, he perishes not, albeit his demeanour vitiated with inimical factors. The great virtue of loving devotion is such that all the army of opposition is destroyed, and having reached the eternal position of non-obstructiveness (or freedom), the devotee becomes speedily, deeply, imbued with love for Me.
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