Bhagavad Gita has many significant verses. One of the verses that I find interesting is Chapter 4 Verse 9. Here Lord Krishna describes how to attain His eternal abode.
janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ‘rjuna
- – Bhagavad Gita 4.9
TRANSLATION: One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.
As spirit souls, the highest dharma that we can engage in is to have devotion for God. Lord Krishna came to this world to re-establish religious principles, to educate and elevate us. His pastimes, interactions, names, manifestations and qualities are all divine. The formless God is very difficult to worship as we are embodied. It is easier for us to worship the personal form of God.
In this verse, Lord Krishna explains to Arjuna that His activities and appearance are transcendental. When we focus on the divine form and pastimes of the Lord, our mind becomes cleansed. People sometimes speculate on who Lord Krishna is. They may think of Him as an ordinary man. Lord Krishna’s birth, childhood, young/adult age and the actions He performed were not ordinary. They were filled with miracles and heroism. He lived in the world playing so many roles, i.e., as a brother, advisor, husband, king, student and father. All his activities were extraordinary. There is a difference between God’s actions and ours. God is eternal. We are engaged in satisfying our senses and are still working on developing God consciousness. Our motives may be selfish. But His activities benefit mankind as a whole.
When we develop total faith in God then we understand, in truth, the transcendental nature of his activities and appearance. This leads us to love Him. We understand how compassionate He is, that He came to this world and subordinated His position so that He can have loving exchanges with us. With this appreciation we can whole-heartedly serve Lord Krishna and lead a pure life. It is when we turn our hearts towards Him with full faith and serve Him, we become eligible, upon leaving our body, to be freed from rebirth. We can then attain His eternal abode.
Notes Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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