Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya 384

Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya

Chapter-12 Bhakti Darśana Yogaḥ

Communion through Devotion


Summary of the Teaching

rjuna desired to directly experience the unrestricted glory of Lord Nārāyaṇa — the Supreme Brahman, who is the ultimate goal of all who practice Bhakti Yoga. Lord Nārāyaṇa, revealed this to him, because He is one whose intentions are always accomplished, and who is an ocean of positive attributes like compassion, generosity, affability and others which are all limitless in their excellence. It has also been taught that real knowledge of, perception of, and the attainment of the Lord can only be obtained by single-minded and persistent devotion.

After this the following points will be explained:

(1) Meditation on the Lord through the medium of Bhakti

(2) the superiority of such meditation over that [of meditation] on the Ātman,

because of its rapid fulfilment,

(3) the great ease of its practice;

(4) the method of meditation on the Lord

(5) the practice of contemplation on the Ātman for one who is incapable of meditating on the Lord,

(6) the requirements thereof.

The reason that meditation on the Lord is superior [to meditation on the Ātman] is because of the superiority of the subject of meditation [the Lord Himself] as declared in:— And among all the Yogis and also with all others, one whose inner self is directed to Me, who worships Me with faith — such a one is deemed by Me to be the most accomplished. [1].


References and Context

  1. (6.47)