CHAPTER 9

• This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.

• Those who are not faithful in this devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror of enemies. Therefore they return to the path of birth and death in this material world.

• By Me, in unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.

• O son of kunti, at the end of the millennium all material manifestations enter into my nature, and at the beginning of another millennium, by my potency, I create them again.

• The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end.

• This material nature, which is one of my energies, is working under my direction, O son of kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.

• Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They donot know My transcendental nature as the supreme lord of all that be.

• Those who are thus bewildered are attracted by demonic and atheistic views. In that delided condition,their hopes for liberation, their fruitive activities, and their culture of knowledge are all defeated.

• O son of pritha, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the production of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the supreme personality of godhead, original and inexhaustible.

• Always chanting My glories , endeavoring with great determination , bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.

• I am the father of the universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable om. I am also the rig, the sama and the Yajur Vedas.

• When they have thus enjoyed vast heavenly sense pleasure and the results of their pious activities are exhausted, they return to this mortal planet again. Thus those who seek sense enjoyment by adhering to the principles of the three Vedas achieve only repeated birth and death.

• But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form- to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.

• Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of kunti, but they do so in a wrong way.

• Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who worship the ancestors go to ancestors; those who worship ghosts and spirits will take birth among such beings; and those who worship me will live with me.

• If one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

• Whatever you do, whatever you eat,whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform-do that, O son of kunti, as an offering to Me.

• I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.

• Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.

• He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of kunti , declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.

• Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.