Bhagavad Gita sings:
अपि चेत्सुदुराचारो भजते मामनन्यभाक्।
साधुरेव स मन्तव्यः सम्यग्व्यवसितो हि सः॥
api cetsudurācāro bhajate māmananyabhāk
sādhureva sa mantavyah samyagvyavasito hi sah
“Even if a man of the most depraved conduct
worships me incessantly,
he is worthy of being regarded as a saint
because he is a man of true resolve.”
If even a man of evil deeds remembers and adores Sri Krishn with a single-minded devotion, believing that no object or god besides Sri Krishn is worthy of worship, he is fit to be thought of as a sage. He is not yet a saint, but there is at the same time not even the least doubt of his becoming one, for he has devoted himself to the task with real determination.
So everyone, you and I all, whatever be the circumstance of our birth, are entitled to the act of worship. The only condition is that the worshiper is a human, because man alone is capable of true resolve. Gita is meant for the upliftment of sinners.
क्षिप्रं भवति धर्मात्मा शश्वच्छान्तिं निगच्छति।
कौन्तेय प्रतिजानीहि न मे भक्तः प्रणश्यति॥
ksipram bhavati dharmātmā śaśvacchāntim nigacchati
kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktah pranaśyati
“Thus he shortly grows pious and achieves eternal peace,
O son of Kunti,
you should know beyond any doubt
my worshiper is never destroyed.”
If engaged in devotional contemplation, even a wicked man soon grows righteous, becomes one with the almighty God, and realizes the ultimate, imperishable repose. Arjun is told to keep it in mind that Sri Krishn’s earnest devotee is never destroyed. Even if the effort somehow grows feeble, in the next life it is resumed from the very point at which it was discontinued earlier and, beginning with what was done before, the worshiper presently attains to the most sublime peace.
Therefore, all men of virtuous as well as of unrighteous conduct
all others have the right to contemplate and adore.
मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्युः पापयोनयः।
स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम्॥
mām hi pārtha vyapāśritya ye’pi syuh pāpayonayah
striyo vaiśyāstathā śūdrāste’pi yānti parām gatim
“Women, Vaishya and Shudr,and those others whose births are regarded as inferior in worldly concepts, attain, O Parth, to the supreme goal by taking refuge in me.”
Throwing light upon demoniacal nature,Sri Krishn points out in verses 7-21 of Chapter 16 that they who give up sacred precepts and only pray for namesake out of conceit are the most despicable among persons. They who make vain prayers which are but only nominally yagya are cruel and sinful. “Vaishya” and “Shudr” stand for only different stages of the path that leads to God.
Women have been sometimes honoured and sometimes denigrated, but they as well as Vaishya and Shudr have an equal right to the performance of yog. So the teaching of Geeta is for entire mankind, for all persons, irrespective of their conduct and circumstance of birth. It instructs all of us without any discrimination in what is propitious. The Geeta thus embodies a universal message.
[Revered Swami Adgadanandji Paramhans]