Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 112

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 3
Karma Yoga

Wherever for the sake of liberation, visits to the sacred rivers have been suggested; as in "Liberation (is assured) by Wisdom of Brahman or by death in Prayaga or by bathing in Gomati in the presence of Krishna", liberation from demerits alone is referred. It is also for praising these places. Because even where bathing in sacred rivers is mentioned, the wisdom of Brahman also has been mentioned as the primary basis for liberation. Without the Wisdom of Brahman liberation is in not possible. Only death or taking bath in pilgrim centres like Prayag is commended as sure Way to be in Krishna‟s company, thus because that becomes the basis for wisdom”. Such words eulogizing the sacred rivers do not in any manner contradict the need for wisdom for deliverance, As in the case of a conscientious servant who is referred to as 'He is, verily, the King, by King alone it can be done' as a matter of praise. Statements recommending bathing in sacred rivers or performance of rituals etc. are meant for the simple minded people or for attracting those who are bewildered. But Liberation is possible only from realizing Me, not otherwise, thus by Vyasa in Narada Purana. Therefore, spiritual realization alone is Liberation. Performance of action is only the means (to Liberation). “स यत् वाक्यादिकं प्रमाणीकुरुते तदुक्तप्रकारेण तिष्ठति | इत्यर्थ: |” - He acts in the world as an example to follow. In whatever manner He speaks, in that manner they act, this is the meaning.