The entire universe is suffused by my unmanifested form. All beings are confined in me, not I in them (VERSE 4)
Just as wind blowing everywhere is situated in the sky, so are all beings situated in me (Verse 6)
Those who are Deluded are Unable to Recognize Me
When I descend in my human form, foolish people disregard me, not knowing that I am the Supreme God (Verse 11)
These people are deceived by their fruitless hopes, useless knowledge and unprofitable actions; they take on evil and agnostic tendencies (Verse 12)
The Noble Ones Take Shelter in Me
However, the wise and noble ones take shelter in my divine energy. They are resolutely devoted to me, knowing me to be imperishable and the origin of all creation (Verse 13)
They always sing my divine glories, bow down humbly to me with loving devotion, and steadily worship me with great determination (Verse 14)
God can be Worshipped in Various Ways
Those seeking knowledge also worship me. Some worship me as being the same as them, some as separate from them, and some in my various manifestations (Verse 15)
I am the supreme goal, the maintainer, the lord of all, the witness, the home, the refuge, the well-wisher, the source, the dissolution, the resting place and the imperishable seed (Verse 18)
I emit heat and I hold it back. I send rain and I hold it back. I am immortality and I am death. I am truth and also the illusion of it (Verse 19)
To those who always think of me and worship me, who are always absorbed in me, I give them security and comfort and take care of their needs (Verse 22)
After their death….Worshippers of the deities go among the deities, worshippers of the ancestors go among their ancestors, worshippers of ghosts go among the ghosts and my devotees come to me (Verse 25)
Those who devotedly offer me a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I devour it happily (Verse 26)
Give Up Every Act of Yours as an Offering to God
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer to the sacred fire (during Yagna), whatever you gift, whatever austerities you do, offer them to me (Verse 27)
Doing so, you will be freed from the good and bad results of your actions. By practicing renunciation and having your mind attached to me, you will attain moksha (VERSE 28)
I see all beings as the same. There is no one I like or dislike. However, those who worship me with love and devotion, they abide in me as I do in them (Verse 29)
Total Verses in This chapter: 34
Words of Import:
I, me, Absolute Truth, Supreme Being, God, Divine, Brahman,Universal Consciousness, Shri Krishna – are all used interchangeably.
has a symbolic as well as a literal meaning. Literally it means a ritual where offerings are made to fire, hymns are chanted and deities are invoked for fulfillment of personal or community desires; or to thank God or to seek God’s blessings. Symbolically, Yagna signifies that we have to do our part (offering/action) in other to obtain something (blessing or fulfillment), with the latter not being guaranteed.
The word “Yog” is derived from a Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to join. In Hindu scriptures, yoga means joining or uniting the soul within the individual with that of the universal soul (God). The common usage of yoga as physical exercise is just a subset of the practice of Yoga, which includes disciplines of meditation and mode of conduct among others. It is believed that practice of all these disciplines make a person ready for unification with the Supreme Being.
refers to our duty as it does to the intent behind our actions. According to Hinduism, every living being has their own personal dharma which may or may not be the same as of others. This dharma is based on one’s situation or circumstance in life.
is action as well as the result of the action. Its meaning depends on its context.
is liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
“Bhagavad Gita As It Is” by Swami Prabhupada