Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha Dipika)

by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat | 1954 | 284,137 words | ISBN-10: 8185208123 | ISBN-13: 9788185208121

This is verse 10.41-42 of the Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha-Dipika), the English translation of 13th-century Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita.—The Dnyaneshwari (Jnaneshwari) brings to light the deeper meaning of the Gita which represents the essence of the Vedic Religion. This is verse 41-42 of the chapter called Vibhuti-yoga.

Verse 10.41:Whatsoever entity of outstanding essence, grandeur-ful or possessed of high spirit there be; each such know thou to be born from a phase of my Radiant Potence. (307) In whatever person or thing dwell both prosperity and glory, going hand in hand with large-heartedness, know ye that, Oh Dhananjaya, to be My manifestation.

Verse 10.42:Or rather, what profit unto thee, O Arjuna, by knowing more of this? By just a part of Me do I permeate and sustain all this universe, and abide (over and beyond).” (308)

Commentary called Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshwar:

But one Sun’s disc swings in the sky; yet its light fills the entire universe; in that way, he is neither lonely nor destitute whose commands sway and move all the world. Does Kamadhenu (wish-fulfilling cow) carry with her carloads of materials? No, with her horn of plenty she serves all and sundry with an overflowing store of whatever things are desired from her at all times. In their person (My manitestation) is the dwelling place of the entire glory of the universe. The one single mark and visible sign is that the entire world prostrates itself before such a person, and his word is law; and such ones should be known as My incarnations. Since My universal presence is there in the universe, it is a sin to discriminate one (manifestation) as common (low) and another as special (high). Why then befoul your mind with such profane distinctions of high and low? Why should one chum the clarified butter; and why should you boil nectar and lose half of it? Is there in the wind a right and a left? Were one (to try) to sunder the front and back of the sun, it would only make you blind; even so, there are absolutely no grades as high and low in My divine being. How many of these infinite presences can you count and number separately? Therefore, Oh husband of Subhadra, enough of this vain venture. The whole universe has been filled but by an insignificant fraction of My divine essence; and therefore worship Me without distinction as one in all and all in one.

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