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Geeta Chapter 9 - The Way Of Kingly Knowledge and Kingly Way

The Lord said:

  1. To you, who does not, I shall declare the most profound knowledge, united with realization, knowing which you shall be free from the evil of worldly existence.

  2. This knowledge is a highest science, profound, supremely holy, most excellent, directly perceptible, attended with virtue and very easy to practice and imperishable.

  3. Arjuna, people having no faith in this Dharma, failing to reach Me, return to the path of the world of death.

  4. The whole of this universe is pervaded by Me in my un-manifest form, and all beings exist in Me. Therefore, really speaking, I am not present in them.

  5. Nor those beings exist in Me; but behold the wonderful power of My divine yoga; though the sustainer and creator of being, I in reality do not dwell in those beings.

  6. As the mighty wind, moving always everywhere, rests ever in the space, like that do all beings rest in Me.

  7. During the final dissolution (end of cosmic evolution) all beings enter My nature (the prime cause), and at the beginning of creation, I send them forth again.

  8. Animating My nature I project, again and again (according to their respective karmas) all this multitude of beings subject to the influence of their own nature.

  9. Arjuna, those actions, however, do not bind Me, I am unattached to such actions and stand apart as it were.

  10. Due to my influence, Nature produces all this, the moving and the unmoving; the world wheels round and round, O son of Kunti, because of this.

  11. Fools, not knowing my supreme nature, consider Me a ordinary mortal man, who have put on the human form.

  12. Those deluded persons with vain hopes, futile actions and fruitless knowledge have taken form of demons and devils.

  13. On the other hand, Arjuna, great souls who have embraced the divine nature, knowing Me as the prime source of all lives the imperishable and eternal, worship Me constantly with single mind devotion.

  14. Glorifying Me always and striving with firm resolve, bowing down to Me in devotion, always steadfast, they worship Me.

  15. Others, who follow the path of knowledge worship Me the all-formed, identifying me in one distinct form.

  16. I am the Vedic ritual, I am the sacrifice, I am the offering to the departed; I am the medicine; I am the sacred formula, I am the clarified butter, I am the sacred fire, and I am the oblation.

  17. I am the sustainer and ruler of this universe, its father, mother and grandfather, the one worth knowing, the purifier, the sacred syllable OM, and the three Vedas-Rik, Yajus and Sama.

  18. I am the supreme goal, supporter, lord, witness, abode, refuge, well wisher seeking no return, origin and end, resting-place, store-house (to which all beings return at the time of universal destruction) and imperishable seed.

  19. I radiate heat as the sun, and hold back as well as send forth showers, Arjuna. I am immortality as well as death; I am being and non-being both.

  20. Those who perform action with some interested motive as laid down in these three Vedas and drink the sap of the soma plant, and have thus been purged of sin, worshipping Me through sacrifices seek access to heaven;They attain Indra’s paradise as a result of their virtuous deeds, they enjoy the celestial pleasures of gods in heaven.

  21. Having enjoyed the extensive heaven-world, they return to this world of mortals after the stock of their merits is exhausted. Thus devoted to the ritual with interested motive recommended by the three Vedas and seeking worldly enjoyments, they repeatedly come and go.

  22. However, those who constantly meditate on Me, and worship Me unattached, to such devotees, I bring full protection by preserving what they have and bring them up where they need help.


  1. Arjuna, even those devotees who, endowed with faith, worship other gods (with some interested motive) worship Me alone, though with a mistaken approach.


  1. For I am the enjoyer and also the lord of all sacrifices; but they do not know Me in reality, hence they return to the mortal world.


  1. The worshipers of gods go to the gods; those who worship forefathers reach the forefathers; those who adore the spirits reach the spirits and those who worship Me come to Me alone.


  1. Whosoever offers to Me with love, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or even water; I appear in person before that devotee of pure mind, and delightfully accept the article offered by him.


  1. Arjuna whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as oblation to the sacred fire, whatever you bestow as a gift, whatever you do by way of penance, do that as offer to Me.


  1. With your mind thus established in the yoga of renunciation you will be freed from the bonds of karma in the shape of good and evil consequences; and freed from them, you will attain Me.


  1. I am same to all beings; there is none hateful or dear to Me. They, however, who devoutly worship Me abide in Me; and I too stand revealed in them.


  1. If even a very wicked person worships Me with devotion to none else, he should be regarded as good, for he has rightly resolved.


  1. Speedily he becomes virtuous and secures lasting peace, know it for certain that My devotee never falls.


  1. After taking refuge in Me, they also, who might be of inferior birth women, vaisyas, as well, as Sudras attain to the Supreme Goal.


  1. What need to mention holy Brahmans and royal sages devoted to Me. Having obtained this joyless and transient human life, constantly worship Me.


  1. Fix your mind on Me, be devoted to Me, worship Me and make obeisance to Me; thus linking yourself with Me and entirely depending on Me, you shall come to Me.


The end of chapter nine, designated as The Way of Kingly knowledge and the Kingly Secret.