Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Bhagavad Gita 18.66

by David Rodrigo

The Lord ‘Bhagavān’ said:

सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य माम् एकम् शरणं व्रज
अहं त्वा सर्व-पापेभ्यो मोक्ष-यिष्यामि मा शुचः॥

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam śaraṇaṁ vraja.
ahaṁ tvā sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣa-yiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ ||

“Ignoring all your virtuous actions, take refuge in Me only.
I will liberate you from all sins. Do not worry.” (Bhagavad Gita 18.66)

Give up your identification with your body and the world and rest in Me only. Adore Me only through constant thought and intense love. Dedicate your entire life to Me alone.

This surrender is a mental modification (vṛtti) devoid of all thoughts of the non-Self, unbroken like a line of pouring oil.

This vṛtti is preceded by the deliberation, ‘This itself is the highest Reality’, as Madhusudana Sarasvati states in his commentary (Advaita Ashrama, 2000, pg 987). 

“Thus I will liberate you from all sins – from the repression of all karma, by revealing my truth: I am the One Self of all, the eternal changeless Consciousness, the absolute Happiness.” 

Swami Rama: “The 66th verse contains the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita in a nutshell: renounce all actions and come to the Lord alone…” (Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, pg. 458)

“[…] an aspirant should direct all his energy –external and internal, gross and subtle—toward transforming himself so that he gives up his identification with the body and the external world and realizes his identity as the eternal and unchanging Consciousness. Self-transformation is […] the single goal of life. […] If it is not attained, the highest of all joys cannot be experienced.” (Idem, pg. 66)

Editor’s Note:

David Rodrigo and his family were residents at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) for over two years, where David served in the Gurukulam's Education Department.  To read other articles written by David, please click on the title:




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