not, desireth not; alike to all beings, he obtaineth
the highest devotion to Me. By (that) devotion
he truly understandeth Me. What I am, and who
I am; then understanding Me truly, he entereth into
Me forthwith. Even performing all actions at all
times having refuge in Me, he obtaineth, through my
favour, the seat that is eternal and imperishable.
Dedicating in thy heart all actions to Me, being devoted
to Me, resorting to mental abstraction, fix thy thoughts
constantly on Me. Fixing thy thoughts on Me, thou
wilt surmount all difficulties through my grace.
But if from self-conceit thou wilt not listen, thou
wilt (then) utterly perish. If, having recourse
to self-conceit, thou thinkest—I will not
fight,—that resolution of thine would be
vain, (for) Nature will constrain thee. That which,
from delusion, thou dost not wish to do, thou wilt
do involuntarily, bound by thy own duty springing
from (thy own) nature. The Lord, O Arjuna, dwelleth
in the region of the heart of beings, turning all beings
as if mounted on a machine, by his illusive power.
Seek shelter with Him in every way, O Bharata.
Through his grace thou wilt obtain supreme tranquillity,
the eternal seat. Thus hath been declared to thee
by Me the knowledge that is more mysterious than any
(other) matter. Reflecting on it fully, act as
thou likest. Once more, listen to my supernal
words, the most mysterious of all. Exceedingly
dear art thou to Me, therefore, I will declare what
is for thy benefit. Set thy heart on Me, become
My devotee, sacrifice to Me, bow down to Me.
Then shalt thou come to Me. I declare to thee
truly, (for) thou art dear to Me. Forsaking all
(religious) duties, come to Me as thy sole refuge.
I will deliver thee from all sins. Do not grieve.
This is not to be ever declared by thee to one who
practiseth no austerities, to one who is not a devotee,
to one who never waiteth on a preceptor, nor yet to
one who calumniateth Me. He who shall inculcate
this supreme mystery to those that are devoted to Me,
offering Me the highest devotion, will come to Me,
freed from (all his) doubts. Amongst men there
is none who can do Me a dearer service than he, nor
shall any other on earth be dearer to Me than he.
And he who will study this holy converse between us,
by him will have been offered to Me the sacrifice
of knowledge. Such is my opinion. Even the
man who, with faith and without cavil, will hear it
(read), even he freed (from re-birth), will obtain
of the blessed regions of those that perform pious
acts. Hath this, O son of Pritha, been heard by
thee with mind undirected to any other objects?
Hath thy delusion, (caused) by ignorance, been destroyed,
“Arjuna said, ’My delusion hath been destroyed,
and the recollection (of what I am) hath been gained
by me, O Undeteriorating one, through thy favour.
I am now firm. My doubts have been dispelled.
I will do thy bidding.’”