Shrimad Bhagavad-gita

by Narayana Gosvami | 2013 | 327,105 words

The Bhagavad-gita Verse 18.73, English translation, including the Vaishnava commentaries Sarartha-varsini-tika, Prakashika-vritti and Rasika-ranjana (excerpts). This is verse Verse 18.73 from the chapter 18 called “Moksha-yoga (the Yoga of Liberation)”

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 18.73:

अर्जुन उवाच–
नष्टो मोहः स्मृतिर् लब्धा त्वत् प्रसादान् मयाच्युत ।
स्थितोऽस्मि गत-सन्देहः करिष्ये वचनं तव ॥ ७३ ॥

arjuna uvāca
naṣṭo mohaḥ smṛtir labdhā tvat prasādān mayācyuta |
sthito'smi gata-sandehaḥ kariṣye vacanaṃ tava
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arjunaḥ uvāca–Arjuna said; naṣṭaḥ–destroyed; mohaḥ–illusion; smṛtiḥ–my spiritual remembrance (of myself as spirit soul); labdhā–regained; tvat-prasādāt–through Your mercy; mayā–by me; acyuta–O infallible Lord;sthitaḥ–situated (in true transcendental knowledge); asmi–I am; gata-sandehaḥ–free from doubt; kariṣye–I shall follow; vacanam–order; tava–Your.

Arjuna said: O Acyuta, my delusion has been dispelled by Your grace and remembrance of my true self has been regained. My doubts have been dispelled and I am situated firmly in true knowledge. I will now carry out Your order.

Commentary: Sārārtha-Varṣiṇī Ṭīkā

(By Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura; the innermost intention of the commentary named ‘the shower of essential meanings’)

“What further questions could I ask? I have become free from all anxiety because I have given up all types of dharma (prescribed duties) and surrendered to You.”

Arjuna is speaking this verse beginning with naṣṭaḥ, to show Kṛṣṇa the actual condition of his heart. “From this point on, You are my sole refuge. The only dharma of this surrendered soul is to be fixed in following Your order, not in following varṇāśrama-dharma, jñāna-yoga or any other process. From today, I have abandoned them all.” When Arjuna, who carries the Gāṇḍīva bow, heard Śrī Bhagavān say, “My dear friend Arjuna, I have yet to act to remove the burden of the Earth. I will accomplish this through you,” he readied himself to fight.

Commentary: Sārārtha-Varṣiṇī Prakāśikā-vṛtti

(By Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja; the explanation that illuminates the commentary named Sārārtha-varṣiṇī)

Arjuna became very pleased to understand the intention of Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa. He folded his hands and said, “O Acyuta, Your instructions and mercy have dispelled all my ignorance and delusion. I understand perfectly that You are the guru and Lord of all moving and non-moving beings within the entire universe. I am Your servant, fully surrendered at Your lotus feet, and I will execute Your every order.” Arjuna then prepared for battle, having understood Kṛṣṇa’s intention.

We learn from Arjuna’s example that this human form of life will yield perfection if we become free from all doubts by studying this Bhagavad-gītā, engaging in Kṛṣṇa’s service, surrendering exclusively to Him and giving up adherence to all other philosophies.

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