Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Most Confidential Knowledge
Chapter 9: Verse-34
man-manä bhava mad-bhakto mad-yäji mäm namaskuru
Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.
In this verse it is clearly indicated that krsna consciousness is the only means of being delivered from the clutches of this contaminated material world. Sometimes unscrupulous commentators distort the meaning of what is clearly stated here: that all devotional service should be offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. Unfortunately, unscrupulous commentators divert the mind of the reader to that which is not at all feasible. Such commentators do not know that there is no difference between Krsna’s mind and Krsna.krsna is not an ordinary human being; He is Absolute Truth. His body, His mind and He Himself are one and absolute. It is stated in the Kürma Puräna. as it is quoted by Bhakti siddhänta Sarasvati Gosvämi in his Anubhäsya comments on Caitanya-caritämrta, deha-dehi-vibhedo ’yam nesvare vidyate kvacit. This means that there is no difference in Krsna, the Supreme Lord, between Himself and His body. But because the commentators do not know this science of Krsna, they hide krsna and divide His personality from His mind or from His body. Although this is sheer ignorance of the science of Krsna, some men make profit out of misleading people.
There are some who are demonic; they also think of Krsna, but enviously, just like King Kamsa, Krsna’s uncle. He was also thinking of krsna always, but he thought of krsna as his enemy. He was always in anxiety, wondering when Krsna would come to kill him. That kind of thinking will not help us. One should be thinking of krsna in devotional love. That is bhakti. One should cultivate the knowledge of krsna continuously. What is that favorable cultivation? It is to learn from a bona fide teacher.krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and we have several times explained that His body is not material, but is eternal, blissful knowledge. This kind of talk about krsna will help one become a devotee. Understanding krsna otherwise, from the wrong source, will prove fruitless. One should therefore engage his mind in the eternal form, the primal form of Krsna; with conviction in his heart that krsna is the Supreme, he should engage himself in worship. There are hundreds of thousands of temples in India for the worship of Krsna, and devotional service is practiced there. When such practice is made, one has to offer obeisances to Krsna. One should lower his head before the Deity and engage his mind, his body, his activities—everything. That will make one fully absorbed in krsna without deviation. This will help one transfer to the Krsnaloka. One should not be deviated by unscrupulous commentators. One must engage in the nine different processes of devotional service, beginning with hearing and chanting about Krsna. Pure devotional service is the highest achievement of human society.
- mat-manäh=always thinking of Me; bhava=become; mat=My; bhaktah=devotee; mat=My; yäji=worshiper; mäm=unto Me; namaskuru=offer obeisances; mäm=unto Me; eva=completely; esyasi=you will come; yuktvä=being absorbed; evam=thus; ätmänam=your soul; mat-paräyanah=devoted to Me.
- Fifth Chapter, Ädi-lilä, verses 41–48