Verses 10.8 to 10.11 are important verses of the Bhagavad Gita for Lord Krishna’s devotees. These verses encapsulate the essence of the Bhagavad Gita.
These verses are key verses of Bhakti Yoga.
aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts. [Bhagavad Gita As It Is]
The Supreme Lord here reveals His identity and opulences. He is the source of everything, material and spiritual. Scientists try to determine how the universe originated. Many other poets, writers and learned philosophers also speculate on this. But the devotees have no doubt that all creation comes from the Supreme Lord. Therefore, they worship the Lord with eternal love and devotion. They forever adore Him.
kathayantaś ca māṁ nityaṁ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca
The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me. [Bhagavad Gita As It Is]
Pure devotees always serve the Lord. They are engaged in discussing the pastimes and the qualities of the Lord. They are always talking about God, hearing about Him, chanting and singing His glories. They mutually discuss and enlighten each other by their shared realizations. This gives them happiness and fulfillment. They realize that material pleasures are temporary. They develop faith and conviction in God and their heart softens. At the preliminary stage, devotees are engaged in service to the Lord and are engaged mainly in regulative sadhana bhakti. By progressing on the path, they reach the mature state where they develop spontaneous love for God.
dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ
yena mām upayānti te
To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me. [Bhagavad Gita As It Is]
When a devotee persistently serves Lord Krishna with love, even if he is not intelligent enough to progress on the path, Lord Krishna helps him so that he can progress and reach Him ultimately. One only needs to remain devoted to the Lord always. This leads to contentment and surrender. One is then able to accept every situation and circumstance as God’s will. Lord Krishna who is present as paramatma in every living being gives the devotee intelligence.
aham ajñāna-jaṁ tamaḥ
To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance. [Bhagavad Gita As It Is]
God protects and reciprocates with His pure devotees. He removes ignorance from their minds. Since many births one may be contaminated by material association but if one serves Lord Krishna with devotion, one can come to the platform of knowledge. True knowledge comes not merely from one’s own intellect but by the grace of God. A pure devotee understands His true identity. He becomes blissful and free from anxieties.
In summary, the path of devotion or Bhakti is a very natural and blissful path for having a personal relationship with God. Supreme Lord is the cause of everything. Pure surrendered devotees always engage in serving Him and glorifying Him and are connected to Him in spiritual union always. Krishna illuminates their hearts with his joyful presence. He blesses them with intelligence and knowledge to progress and ultimately reach Him.
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