Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 137

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

The Way of Knowledge

Sacrifice and Its Symbolic Value
23. gatasangasya muktasya
yajnayã 'carataz karma
samagrarh pravilly at
(23) The work of a man whose attachments are sundered, who is liberated, whose mind is firmly founded in wisdom, who does work as a sacrifice, is dissolved entirely.
24 brahma 'rpanam brahmazd hagir
brahinagnau brahmazã hutam
brahmai 'vac tea gantavyaii
(24) For him the act of offering is God, the oblation is God. By God is it offered into the fire of God. God is that which is to be attained by him who realizes God in his works.
The Vedic yajnayã is here interpreted in a larger, spiritual way,
Though the performer of yajna does work, he is not bound by it,[1] for his earth life is brooded over by the sense of eternity.[2]
25. dazvam eva 'pare yajfiam
yoginah paryupdsate
brahmãgnãv aware yajnam
yajnenai 'von ' ajuhvati
(25) Some yogis offer sacrifices to the gods while others offer sacrifice by the sacrifice itself into the fire of the Supreme.
8. interprets yajnam in the second half of the verse as Batman. "Others offer the self as self into the fire of Brahman. "[3]
Those who conceive the Divine In various forms seek favours from them by performing the consecrated rites of action, while others offer all works to the Divine itself.


References and Context

  1. Cp. sridhara : tad evam paramefvararadhanalaksanam karma jnanahetutvena bandhakatvabhãvãd akarmaiva.
  2. Cp. Mantiqu't-Tair. E. T. by Fitzgerald. "All you have been, and seen, and done and thought, Not you but I, have seen and been and wrought... . Pilgrim, pilgrimage and Road, Was but Myself toward Myself ; and your Arrival but Myself at my own door .. . Come, you lost Atoms, to your centre draw .. . Rays that have wandered into Darkness wide, Return, and back into your Sun subside " Quoted from Amanda K. Coomaxaswamy, Hinduism and Buddhism (1943), P. 42.
  3. Nilakantha says : `sopadhikam jivam nirupadhikatmarupena juhvati