Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya 278

Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya

Chapter-9 Rāja-vidyā Rāja--guhya Yogaḥ

The Regal Science & the Royal Secret


Summary of the Teaching

In the previous chapter the details about the differences among the various kinds of devotees have been dealt with. Now, after investigating the eminence of the Supreme Being who is the focus of devotion, the nature of meditation [upāsana], in the form of Loving Devotion [bhakti], is taught. The superiority of the wise [jñāni] is also elaborated upon.

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

idaṃ tu te guhyatamaṃ pravakṣyāmy-anasūyave |
jñānaṃ vijñāna sahitaṃ yat-jñātvā mokṣyase’śubhāt || 1 ||

The Blessed Lord said:

1. I shall declare to you, who do not cavil, this most secret knowledge together with its
practical application, knowing which you shall be freed from that which is unhelpful.


This most secret knowledge — upāsana (meditation), which consists of bhakti (loving devotion). In other words — “I have told you about My pre-eminence, which is distinct from all other forms of greatness and is unlimited in its expression. You should be convinced by now of this, and so, being thus prepared, I shall now teach you that knowledge by acquiring which, and applying it, you will be freed from all things that stand in your way and prevent you from attaining Me.”


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