Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Most Confidential Knowledge
Chapter 9: Verse-26
patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyä prayacchati
If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.
For the intelligent person, it is essential to be in krsna consciousness, engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, in order to achieve a permanent, blissful abode for eternal happiness. The process of achieving such a marvelous result is very easy and can be attempted even by the poorest of the poor, without any kind of qualification. The only qualification required in this connection is to be a pure devotee of the Lord. It does not matter what one is or where one is situated. The process is so easy that even a leaf or a little water or fruit can be offered to the Supreme Lord in genuine love and the Lord will be pleased to accept it. No one, therefore, can be barred from krsna consciousness, because it is so easy and universal. Who is such a fool that he does not want to be krsna conscious by this simple method and thus attain the highest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and knowledge?krsna wants only loving service and nothing more.krsna accepts even a little flower from His pure devotee. He does not want any kind of offering from a nondevotee. He is not in need of anything from anyone, because He is self-sufficient, and yet He accepts the offering of His devotee in an exchange of love and affection.
To develop krsna consciousness is the highest perfection of life. Bhakti is mentioned twice in this verse in order to declare more emphatically that bhakti, or devotional service, is the only means to approach Krsna. No other condition, such as becoming a brähmana. a learned scholar, a very rich man or a great philosopher, can induce krsna to accept some offering. Without the basic principle of bhakti, nothing can induce the Lord to agree to accept anything from anyone. Bhakti is never causal. The process is eternal. It is direct action in service to the absolute whole. Here Lord Krsna, having established that He is the only enjoyer, the primeval Lord and the real object of all sacrificial offerings, reveals what types of sacrifices He desires to be offered. If one wishes to engage in devotional service to the Supreme in order to be purified and to reach the goal of life—the transcendental loving service of God—then one should find out what the Lord desires of him.
- patram=a leaf; puspam=a flower; phalam=a fruit; toyam=water; yah=whoever; me=unto Me; bhaktyä=with devotion; prayacchati=offers; tat=that; aham=I; bhakti-upahrtam=offered in devotion; asnämi=accept; prayata-ätmanah=from one in pure consciousness.