CHAPTER 12 (BHAKTI YOGA)
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Shree Gurubhyo Namaha Harihi Om
Atha Dvaa-dasha Adhyaa-yaha
Meaning: Salutations to the Guru (Divine preceptor). And here the 12th Chapter.
Yevam Sathatha Yukthaa Ye'
Ye' Chaapya-ksharam Avyaktham Teshaam Ke' Yoga Vittamaaha
Meaning: Arjuna said: Dear Lord, Who is better versed in Yoga - the ones who worship You in constant devotion with your form or the ones who worship You as the formless?
Mayyaa Veshya Mano Ye' Maam
Nithya Yukthaa Upaasathe
Shraddha-yaa Parayopethaaha The' Me' Yuktha Thamaa-mathaaha
Meaning:Sri Bhagavan said: Those who fix their minds on me and worship me (with form) ever with supreme faith, I consider them as perfect in Yoga.(Yoga meaning-- Union with God)
Ye' Tvakshram Anirdeshyam
Sarvathra-gam Achintyam Cha Kootastham Achalam Dhruvam
Meaning:But those who worship me as the formless, as the unchanging, the imperishable and the Omnipresent ONE...
Sarvathra Sama Buddhayaha
Tey' Prapnu-vanthi Maame'va Sarva Bhootha-hite' Rathaha
Meaning:Those who have restrained their senses, who are even minded everywhere, who are engaged in the welfare of all the beings, verily, they also come to Me.
Avyakthaa Hi Gathir Duhkham Deha Vadbhira-vaapyate
Meaning: But for human beings, it is more difficult to realize the formless God than the One with form.
Yethu Sarvaani Karmaani
Mayi Sanyasya Math-paraa-ha
Ananye-naiva Yogena Maam Dhyaa-yantha Upaasathe'
Meaning:But those who worship me, renouncing all actions in Me, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal, meditating on Me with single minded devotion...
Mruthyu Samsaara Saagaraath
Bhavaami Na Chiraath Paartha Mayya-veshitha Chetasaam
Meaning: For them whose thought is so set on Me, O Partha (another name for Arjuna), I will become very soon, the One to deliver them from this cycle of birth and death.
Mayyeva Mana Aadhat-sva
Mayi Buddhim Niveshaya
Nivasi-shyasi Mayyeva Atha Urdhvam Na Samsha-yaha
Meaning:Fix your mind on Me alone, Let your thoughts dwell in Me. (By doing so) You will live in Me here after. Of this, there is no doubt.
Atha Chittam Samaa-dhaathum
Na Shaknoshi Mayi Sthiram
Abhyaasa Yogena Tato Maam-Icchaaptum Dhananjaya
Meaning:But if you are not able to fix your mind steadily on Me, O Dhananajaya (another name for Arjuna), then seek to reach Me by Abhyaasa Yoga (through constant practice).
Math-karma Paramo Bhava
Madartha-mapi Karmaani Kurvan Siddhim Avaap-syasi
If you are unable to do constant practice, be intent on doing all actions for my sake; even by performing actions for my sake, you will attain perfection.
Sarva-karma Phala Thyaagam Thathah Kuru Yathaathma-vaan
Meaning: If you are unable to do even this, surrender thyself to me in love, not worrying about the fruits of actions with the self subdued.
Shreyo Hi Gnaanam Abhyaa-saath
Gnaanaad Dhyaanam Vishishyathe
Dhyaanaath Karma-phala-thyaagaha Thyaagaat Shaanti-ranantaram
Meaning: Better indeed is knowledge than formal practice; better than knowledge is meditation; better than meditation is the renunciation of the fruit of the action (surrender in love); peace immediately follows this.
Adveshtaa Sarva Bhoothaa-naam
Maitrah Karuna Yeva Cha
Nirmamo Nirahan-kaaraha Sama Duhkha Sukhah Kshami
Meaning: He who hates no being, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from the feeling of I and mine, even-minded in pain and pleasure and forbearing...
Santushtah Sathatham Yogi
Yathaa-thmaa Dhrida Nischayaha
Mayyar-pitah Mano Buddhir Yo Madbhaktah Sa Me Priyaha
Meaning: Ever content, steady in meditation, self controlled and possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect fixed on me, such a devotee is dear to me.
Yasmaanno Dvijate Loko
Lokaanno Dvijate Cha Yaha
Harshaa-marshah Bhayo-dvegair Muktho Yah Sa Cha Me Priyaha
Meaning: He by whom the world is not afflicted and whom the world cannot afflict, he who is free from joy, anger, fear and anxiety - he is dear to me.
Anapekshah Shuchir Daksha
Udaaseeno Gata Vyathaha
Sarvaa-rambha Pari Thyaagi Yo Madbhakthah Sa Me Priyaha
He who has no wants, who is pure and prompt, unconcerned, untroubled, and who is selfless in all his undertakings, he who is thus devoted to Me, is dear to Me.
Yo Na Hrishyati Na Dveshti
Na Shochati Na Kaankshati
Shubha-ashubha Pari-thyaagi Bhakti-maan Yah Sa Me' Priyaha
Meaning:He who neither rejoices nor hates nor grieves nor desires, renouncing good and evil (treating both as the same), full of devotion, he is dear to Me.
Samah Shatrau Cha Mitre Cha
Sheetho-shna Sukha-duhkheshu Samah Sanga Vivarjitaha
Meaning: He who is the same to foe and friend and also in honor and dishonor, who is the same in cold and heat, in pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment...
Thulya Nindaa Sthuthir Mounee
Santhushto Yena Kena Chith
Aniketah Sthirah Mathir Bhakthi-maan Me Priyo Naraha
Meaning: To whom blame and praise are equal, who is silent, content with anything, free of selfish attachment, steady-minded and full of devotion-such a one is dear to Me.
Ye Tu Dharmyaam Amritam-idam
Shraddha Daana Mat Parama Bhaktaastetiva Mey Priyaaha
Meaning: Those, who follow this immortal dharma described above with devotion and faith, looking upon Me as the Supreme Goal, they are exceedingly dear to Me.
Iti Srimad Bhagavad Geetaasu Upanishadsu
Brahma Vidyaayaam Yoga Shastrey
Sri Krishaarjuna Samvaadey
Bhakti Yogo Naama Dvaadshodhyaayaha
Harihi Aum Tat Sat
Meaning: Thus ends the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna in the Upanishad of the Bhagavad Gita, which imparts the knowledge of the Brahman, the Supreme and the science of Yoga, the twelfth chapter designated as Bhakti Yoga (The Yoga of devotion).