Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 167

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

The True Yoga

The Perfect Yogi
46. tapasvibhyo 'dhiko yogi
jndnibhyo.' pi matzo 'dhikah
karmibhyas ca 'dhiko yogi
tasmad yogi bhava 'rjuna
(46) The yogin is greater than the ascetic; he is considered to be greater than the man of knowledge, greater than the man of ritual works, therefore do thou become a yogin, 0 Arjuna Here the teacher is making out that the yogins here described is superior to the tapas, who retires to the forest for per-forming severe fasts and arduous practices, to the ) jnanin who adopts the way of knowledge for obtaining release, with renunciation of action, to the karmin who performs the rites enjoined in the Vedas for obtaining rewards. The yoga which is said to be superior to the tapas, jnana and karma, has the best of all the three and includes devotion also. Such a yogin pours himself forth in utter worship of the Divine seated within the hearts of all and his life is one of self-forgetful service under the guidance of the Divine light.
Yoga or union with God which is attained through bhakti is the highest goal. The next verse points out that even among yogins, the greatest is the devotee or the bhakta
Juana here means sastrapanditya or scriptural learning (s.} and not spiritual realization

47. yoginam api sarvesam
madgatena 'ntaratmana
.sraddhavan bhajate yo math
sa me yuktatamo matah
(47) And of all yogins, he who full of faith worships Me, with his inner self abiding in Me, him, I hold to be the most attuned (to me in Yoga)
After giving a long account of the yoga discipline, the obstacles to be overcome, the teacher concludes that the great yogin is the great devotee (bhakta).
iti . . . dhyeinayogo nama sastho 'dhydyah

This is the sixth chapter entitled The Yoga of Meditation


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Chapter Chapter Name Page No.
Introductory Essay 1
1. The Hesitation and Despondency of Arjuna 63
2. Samkhya Theory and Yoga Practice 79
3. Karma Yoga or the Method of Work 107
4. The Way of Knowledge 124
5. True Renunciation 143
6. The True Yoga 152
7. God and the World 168
8. The Course of Cosmic Evolution 176
9. The Lord is more than His Creation 181
10. God is the Source of All; to Know Him is to Know All 192
11. The Lord's Transfiguration 200
12. Worship of the Personal Lord is better than meditation of the Absolute 211
13. The Body called the Field, the Soul called the Knower of the Field and Discrimination between them 215
14. The Mystical Father oF All Beings 222
15. The Tree of Life 227
16. The Nature of the Godlike and the Demoniac Mind 231
17. The Three Modes Applied to Religious Phenomena 235
18. Conclusion 239
19. Last Page 254