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BG Chap 9 - Conclusion

The last verse of the ninth chapter (9.34), which is exactly in the middle of the Gītā, and which will be repeated practically verbatim at the end of the Gītā, is the most confidential and essential śloka. It is the essence of the essence of the essence and the most confidential of all knowledge: Become a pure devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

The chapter began with Kṛṣṇa saying that He would impart the most confidential knowledge. He concluded the chapter with the instruction that one become His devotee. In BG 18.64, He again says that He would impart the most confidential and supreme instruction, and in 18.65, He repeats what He said here in BG 9.34 almost verbatim. Thus there should be no doubt that the confidential of all instructions is to be attached to Kṛṣṇa in pure love.

In this chapter, bhakti, like Gaṅga, not considering who is suitable or unsuitable, and destroying all sins by its very touch, is alone considered to be the king of all secrets.

Thus ends Chapter 9 of Bhagavad gita culled from 'Bhagavad gita As it is' by Srila Prabhupada, 'As they surrender' by Bhurijana Prabhu, 'Sarartha Varsini' by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and 'Gita Bhusana' by Baladeva Vidyabhusana.

Confidential Verse

Hare KrushNa
Please accept my humble obeissances

If i were to add a 'signature' at the bottom of posts (as a setting in the profile), it would be BG18.65

BG18.65: Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.

A blissfully ecstatic Janmashtami to Everyone.

praNAm

The eternal nature of bhakti

Hare Krishna.

Krishna's emphasis about the confidentiality of this verse (9.34 and 18.65) points to something more than the mundane practice of bhakti. Unlike other spiritual practices which have to be given up to attain liberation, bhakti which is nirguna is beyond the contamination of the modes of nature. Bhakti is not a means to some end, though it serves that purpose for those who prefer liberation, but for a pure devotee, who understands the mind of Krishna and thus the confidential nature of His instructions, bhakti is both the means and the end.

Thus one who understands the divine appearance of Krishna on this very auspicious day, in tattva, alone can attain Him.

Radhikesh das

Bhakti exists for jiva as breathing for embodied

Hare KrushNa Prabhuji

Yes, i see what you are saying. The verse is for devotees. It is more like breathing. When i think : what is all this about ? It is about the fact that the devotee cannot live without Him: He has not only entered my life, but IS my life. Without knowing it consciously, i wrote a poem several years ago - "I shall be Your infant" - this is not literally an infant ras, but it means - i cannot live without You. Not philosophically, or ontologically, but emotionally and spiritually. There is no two ways about it.
I feel service to KrushNa is a transformation of this basic. When KrushNa is the Baby, the heart is anxious that He is eats on time, and that you get the cues when He is hungry, that He does not crawl off some edge when you turn your back ... (i do not trust my Bal Gopal to stay put on the altar table if i get up to fetch something - although at other times He utters Words of wisdom and guides)
However, the truth is, i cannot imagine being without Him.
There is no room for analysis of whether this is selfish or selfless.

I am sure many devotees can relate to this.

What you have said also reminds me of "mAmeka sharaNam vraja" (BG18.66) - i think Narayan Maharaj explained somewhere - that KrushNa is secretly telling His devotees to take shelter of / surrender to Vraja , implying vrajavAsis : )

Shelter of VrajavAsis is one of the most fortunate thing one can have. My only problem is indirect relationship with Him like being a kinkari of Yashoda or following in the footsteps of Manjaris. KrushNa drives you, shapes you. Then suddenly you come across wonderful VaishNavs, a beautiful set of scriptures and a nectar pool of literature. How can i try to be something i am not ? Would that even be fair to *Him* ?

That being said, Lord Chaitanya and Shrila PrabhupAd are both tremendously patient. Shrila PrabhupAd is fatherly and Mahaprabhu is gentle as Radhe. They are both very affectionate.

Thank You for the commentaries. I always learn so much from you.

praNAm

Hare Krsna Krushnali. I'd

Hare Krsna Krushnali. I'd just like to say that the verse you have just quoted is one of my favourites from BG!

Happy Janmastami to you too!

Hare Krsna,
Roma

~ Haribol Roma ~

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