Uddhava Gita - 10
Uddhava said: Vedas speak of many courses of disciplines to final beatitude. Are all of them important or not? You are saying that the discipline of devotion to you is independent of other disciplines.
Sri Bhagawan said: The course of conduct which helps one to reach me, which is my word, is called the Vedas. With their minds clouded by my deluding potency, each species interpreted the Vedas with one unambiguous meaning in different ways according to their vasanas. Different interpretations and courses of conduct sprang up, according to the difference in disposition of the species. So many religions, one contradicting the other, came up. Subject to my maya, various people speak of various disciplines as the final goal. All these goals have an end and are full of misery. Attaining to me is the highest and devotion to me helps to attain me. My devotee who has nothing of his own and who has subdued his senses and mind and who is fully satisfied with me finds joy everywhere. He will reject the position of Brahma, Indra and even the sovereignty of the entire world. He will reject mystic powers and even final beatitude. He will concentrate his mind on me and will want me alone. That devotee is very dear to me.
Uddhava asks: How should a man contemplate on you?
Sri Krishna says: A man must sit on a seat of moderate height, in a comfortable pose, his body erect. Both hands must be placed on his lap. He must control his senses and do pranayama. In a month or two, he can get control over his breath. He must visualise the heart in the form of a lotus bud upside down, with its stalk upward. In the midst he should mentally see my form. He must focus the mind on me and my smile and fix it on my all-pervading self and transcending that too, become one with me. Then he sees me in himself, and himself merged in me the universal self.
(To be contd)