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Appeal of bhakti yoga

Alavandar, in his Gitartha Sangraha, shows us the structure of the Bhagavad Gita, throwing light on the various topics dealt with in the Gita, said V.S.Karunakarachariar in a discourse. Chapter 10 of the Gita deals with the Lord’s vibhuti. Chapter 11 is about His Visvarupa. Chapter 12 deals with bhakti step by step. The 13th to 18th chapters are revisions of the previous chapters. In chapter 9, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that He is going to tell him about bhakti yoga and He asks Arjuna to listen without any envy. The Lord’s greatness is unimaginable and can lead to jealousy. So, Krishna warns Arjuna not to be envious. He says this bhakti yoga is secret. It will lead to moksha. It is uttamam pavitram — pure and the highest among the ways of destroying sins; it is righteous. It is pleasing and easy to practise. It is never destroyed.

Why does Krishna celebrate bhakti yoga so much? Vaishnava Acharya Nampillai has the answer. He says Krishna is fond of it, because He cannot Himself practise it! It is because of this that He speaks so much about bhakti yoga, and speaks highly of it.. How can He resort to bhakti yoga, when the goal of such a yoga is to reach His feet?

But bhakti yoga is appealing. So according to Nampillai, that is why Krishna talks about bhakti yoga at length. Krishna must have wondered why His devotees sought His feet. The result was that as an infant, Krishna pulled up His feet and examined them. That is one of the most lovely images of Krishna that we find represented in paintings, a baby holding its toes in its hands. Why does Krishna say bhakti yoga is indestructible? What does this yoga involve? It involves worshipping the Lord. And that is something an atma will continue to do even after reaching Sri Vaikuntha. Hence bhakti yoga continues forever.


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