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Namaskaar. We have completed the Qualities of a Parabhakta enumerated in Verses #13 and #14 of Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita and here Pujya Swamiji winds up and explains why the Lord says after each verse that such a person is dear to Me. The further Qualities will be continued in Verse #15…….
SUCH A JNANI IS MY DEVOTEE AND IS VERY DEAR TO ME
The one who is like this, Bhagavan says, is ‘My devotee,’ madbhaktah. Whenever Bhagavan uses the word ‘My,’ there is a potential problem. It implies that there is something different from Bhagavan as when you say, ‘my servant,’ the servant is different from you. When he says he is ‘My’ devotee, madbhaktah, and is beloved to ‘Me,’ sa me priyah, it looks as though the Lord is partial to those who praise him like anyone else who is vulnerable to flattery. If sugar were personified and you were to say, ‘O! Sugar, you are so sweet,’ it would not get flattered because it is sweet by nature. If you tell a person he is sweet, however, he can feel good about it because he knows how many problems he has and for the time being he can forget them. Continue reading