The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan
11. The Way of Devotion: Bhakti-margaa
References and Context
- The devotees dismiss the Advaita emphasis on knowledge as a damnable heresy or a soul-killing error, though recognizes the value of devotion as a preparation for gradual release.
- IX, 32; see also XI, 53-4, XII, 1-5. "What were the good practices of Vyadha ? What was the age of Dhruva? What was the learning of Gajendra? What was the prowess of Ugrasena? What was the beauty of Kubja ? What was the wealth of Sudama ? The Lord, who is the lover of devotion, is pleased with devotion and does not bother about (other) qualities."vyadhasyacaranam, dhruvasya ca vayo, vidya galendrasya ha,ka jatir vadurasya, yadavapater ugrasya kiln paurusam,kubyayah kamaniyarupamadhikam kiln tat sudamno dhanambhaktya tusyati kevalam na to gunah bhakti priyo madhavah.A verse attributed to reads : "Let the state of birth be that of a man or an angel or of a beast of the hill and the forest, of a mosquito, of the cattle, of an insect, of a bird or such others, if the heart longs to revel incessantly in this life in the contemplation of Thy lotus feet, that flood of supreme bliss, how does the embodiment matter?"naratvam naratvam nagavanamrgatvam masakata pasutvam naratvam bhavatu vihagatvadh jananam sada tvatpadabyasmaranaparamanandalaharivihclrasaktarn cedhrdayam z ha ksm tena vapusa.This is rather an exaggerated way of emphasizing the Importance of bhakti.
- IX, 31