Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 197

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 7
Jnyaana vijnyaana Yoga

Tatparya Nirnaya :- Even after knowing Sri Vishnu as the Supreme One, those who propitiate Ramaa, Brahma, Hara and others as the superior ones, though such worship, they enter the dark world of tamas (obscurity), offering the eternal misery, to those born in the family of those who have no awareness. Whereas Sri Vishnu alone is fully to be propitiated because without knowing this principles of propitiating Sri Vishnu other propitiation becomes disparate. Knowledge comes to be used only for the satisfaction of the body. If by discrimination one becomes aware of the truth, then other gods should be worshipped knowing them to be the members of His family.
The worship done unknowingly and later given up, does not bring any demerits. Only it causes re-births. In the subsequent life the Lord Himself grants quick recollection making some one the instrument of the proper mode of worship.
Knowing Me in this manner...- with these words of conclusion, He clarifies that He alone exists in everything. speaks only of the difference. Thus he clarifies that for the one who is knowledgeable, Sri Vishnu alone is the Self within. “That which is attained; that which gives” with such statements, आस्थित: स ही, मां प्रपद्यते - one who is devoted to Me attains Me, particularly with such sentences, then He attains Me, “At the end of many lives one attains knowledge‟ knowing that Vasudeva is all this. Knowing Vasudeva as all this and also as the Complete one. 'Those who worship other gods' such sentences show the difference. Those who are devoted to gods attain only the gods; while those who worship Me attain Me alone..
Knowing the supremacy of Sri Vishnu, those human beings who worship others gods as the separate ones, go to the worlds of tamas (obscurity). Even then whoever considers the other gods as similar to, or superior than, or capable of being united with Sri Vishnu would certainly attain the world of tamas (obscurity).