Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IX: 24

Chapter 9, Verse 24

"Fundamentally, I am the object of all worship,
The enjoyer of all ritual offerings.
Until worshipers come to know me in truth,
They will be bound to the wheel of life and death,"

Father Bede Griffiths:

Krishna responds to the faith of the seeker.  All genuine faith, whatever the form, is always directed towards the Eternal in some fashion.  It is a commitment to something ultimate.  The idea and image of the ultimate may have flaws, but it is the faith that counts.

Swami Shivananda:

Water is to be poured on the root and not on the branches.

[When we are aware of the Lord's immanent Spirit within all manifestation, everything is full of God's glory, and we can do nothing but rejoice in the miracle of God's omnipresence.  When we forget that God is present in everyone and everything, we are fooled by what we see, taking it at face value, and failing to touch the deeper foundation.  Forgetting God, we get tricked by appearances.  When we remember God, we sing praises for the miracle of unity in diversity.  Constant remembrance is divine grace.  We do our parts on the roads to that blessed state, day by day, and breath by breath.]


I am the vine and you are the branches.  Abide in me as I abide in you.  Those who abide in me bear much fruit.

[The sap flows freely back and forth between vine and branch.]

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