Lord Krishn sings in Bhagavad Gita:
“I give you my sincere pledge, because you are so dear to me, that you must attain to me if you keep me in mind, adore me, worship me, and bow in obeisance to me.”
Arjun was exhorted to seek refuge in the God that dwells in the realm of the heart. And now he is prompted to find shelter under Lord Krishn. He is also told that in order to find this sanctuary he has to listen again to the Lord’s most esoteric words.
Doesn’t Lord Krishn intend to communicate by this that finding shelter under a noble teacher-preceptor is indispensable for the seeker who has taken to the spiritual path?
Sri Krishn, a Yogeshwar, then enlightens Arjun on the way of true self-surrender.
sarvadharmān parityajya māmekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarvapāpebhyo mokṣyayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
“Grieve not, for l shall free you from all sins if you abandon all other obligations (dharm) and seek refuge in me alone.”
Arjun is counselled that he has to rid himself of concern about what category of doer he is, whether Brahmin or Kshatriy or Vaishy or Shudr, and look for shelter under Sri Krishn alone. By doing so he will be absolved of all iniquities and afflictions.
The chosen teacher-preceptor takes it upon himself to effect the gradual elevation of the pupil to ever more refined spiritual states and his release from all sins if, instead of worrying about his position on the path of action, the pupil single-mindedly seeks refuge in his mentor, and looks up to no one else but his accomplished teacher-preceptor.
All sages have said the same.
When a holy writing is rendered, it may appear that it is for all, but it is truly “secret teaching”– secret undoubtedly because it is permitted only to those who are spiritually equipped to study and profit by it. Arjun is such a deserving pupil and so it is that Sri Krishn instructs him so earnestly.
~ Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans ~
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