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Chapter -12
"The Yoga Of Devotion"

In this chapter many ways in which devotees worship the Lord has been described. What are the works and duties of the devotees have been given. A Comparison has been made among various kinds of devotees and their many ways. Which way is better, has been discussed. Since devotion is the main theme of the chapter it is entitled "The yoga of Devotion".

Arjuna Sai

1. The devotees who worship you contantly and the devotees who worship the Imperishable and unmanifested form, who have understanding of yoga?.

Shri Bhagvan Sai

Those who concentrate their minds in me, worship me constantly with devotion and faith, I regard them as best among yogis who are established themselves in me.

Those who worship the imperishable that which is beyond the pale of mind and intelligence, the unmanifested, the Ommipresent the Unthinkable, the Unchanging, the Immovable the Constant.

By having controlled their senses, being even-minded in all circumstances, always engaged in the welfare of others they finally come to me too.

Those who set their minds upon the contemplation of the unmanifested have to work much harder. Since bound in their bodies, it becomes very difficult for them to come out of the shackless of their embodied self, they continue to retain some attachments to their bodies.

And then, there are those who having established their minds only on me, resigning their all actions to me, intently and constantly worship me, with ceaseless devotion meditating upon me.

O Arjuna, I neadily deliver my devotees from the death bound ocean of this world, who have their mind and consciousness keenly set on myself

 Therefore (O Arjuna), establish your mind firmly and steadfastly on me alone, set your intelligence in my contemplation; After having attained to that state, you shall dwell in me alone. Have no doubts whatsoever in your mind in this regard.

But if you are not able to establish your mind steadily in my contemolation, then you should seek to reach my state through constant practice and consentration of your thoughts, O winner of wealth (Arjuna).

Even if you cannot undertake this route of constant practice, then devote yourself completely into my service. Even by performing actions for myself, you shall attain to me.

If you cannot perform even this tane, then by taking refuse in my wondrous powers of yoga, through your mind firmly under controll and totally subdued, you should renounce all the fruits of your actions. (This is also a way of reaching my state.)

Knowledge is sertainlly better than practice (of concentration of mind), meditation is superior to knowledge, even better than meditation is the renunication of the fruits of ones actions, the renunication brings one to the peace immediately.

One who has no antipathy towards any one, who is full of compassion and of friendly nature free of the sense of self, remains even minded in pleasure or pain and is ready to forgive others.

The yogi who is always context, who has his mind steadily under control, who is of firm resolve and determination, who has established himself in me with his mind and intelligence such a devotee of mine is indeed, very dear to me.

One who does not cause disturbance to any creature (of the world) and who does not feel disturbed by any living being, who is completely free of happiness, is without any sense of jealous free of fear and agitation, such a devotee is very dear to me too.

The person who has no expectations,who is pure in mind and body, who is skillful in his work, who is free from biases, unconcerned and untrobled who has foresaken all initiatives in a action, such a devotee is also dear to me.

The person who does not become happy neither who grieves nor who desires and who has renounced all the fruits of his actions, be they good or evil, he is a devotee of mine, acting in such a manner is indeed, dear to my heart.

The person who does not behave differently to a friend or a foe, who is even minded to honour or to dishonour, who treats hea and cold, pleasure and pain alike and who has no attachments in this world.

One to whom praise and blame are equal, observes silence, content in whatever comes to his way, who has no fixed residence has steady mind, the man devoted to me is dear to me.

And the one who is ever keen to reach me, abandoning everthing else, with single minded devotion, having faith in me, follows this immortal wisdom of devotion worship me without any desire for fruits is specially dear to me.

This is the twelfth chapter   entitled "The Yoga of Devotion".

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