Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha Dipika)

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

This is verse 11.48 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 48 of the chapter called Vishvarupa-darshana-yoga.

Verse 11.48:Neither by (reciting) Vedas, nor by sacrifices, nor by (shastric) studies—neither (again) by almsgivings, nor by (ritual) acts, nor by fierce askesis, am I capable, in this world of mortals, of being beheld in this Form, O Foremost Hero of the Kurus, by anyone save thyself. (617)

Commentary called Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshwar:

Coming in sight of this Omnipresent Divinity, the very Vedas were struck dumb, and the votaries of the sacrificial path shrank back and halted at Heavenly paradises. Such God-seekers too, as had bethought themselves of the Yoga, faltered along the arduous path and flinched in despair, for Lore and Learning are of no avail. Even those who trod the path of Works of unexcelled piety, hurried forward under a strange delusion, and with all their sweat and toil could only touch the precincts of Satya-loka. And no sooner did the grandeur of this Omnipresent Deity meet the eye of the austere hermits, than their austerities quit them, standing wonder-struck. In this way does this Omnipresent vision lie beyond the ken of austerities. That Omnipresent Deity, thine eyes have been blessed with, for thy merest wish, and no mortal has ever set his eyes on this Supreme vision. You are the one person chosen to be the master of this great treasure of mystic vision, that is denied even to the God Brahmadev [Brahmadeva].

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