Gita’s Sharanagati – 4 (Refuge in the Lord!)

Sarvadharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraj |

Aham tvaa sarvapaapebhyo mokshayishyaami maa suchah ||  (Gita 18/66)

“Give up dependence on all duties and surrender completely to Me.   Seek refuge in Me alone.  I shall liberate you from all sins,  grieve not.”  

After sharing these two verses,  the Lord said, that do not reveal this highest secret of all to those individuals who are not leading an ascetic life,  those who are lacking in devotion, those who do not wish to listen to this secret and those who see faults in the Lord.   From this, it appears that the Lord negating both sides, places verse 18/64 and 18/67,  in the middle,  as if boxed in-between, the highest of all treasured secret.  Of these two verses the verse on taking refuge in the Lord is most important.   Even in Ramayan when Sugreeva said to the Lord –  

Sab prakaar karihaoon sevakaayi |

jehi bidhi milihi jaanaki aayi ||

(Manas, Kishkindhaa,   5/4)  

Then the Lord said –  

Sakhaa soch tyaagahu bal more |  

Sab bidhi ghatab kaaj mein tore ||  

Arjuna said to the Lord that my intellect is unable to decide about what my duty is –  “Dharmasamoodhchetaah”,   thus I take refuge in You.  The Lord therefore said –  you have no need to decide on what your duty (Dharma) is  –  “Sarvadharmaan parityajya”.   Those who have desires within, who take the support of duty (Dharma),  go through the cycle of birth and death –

“evam trayeedharmamanuprpannaa 

gataagatam kaamakaamaa labhante”  (Gita 9/21).   

Therefore do not take the support of Dharma and with exclusive feelings take refuge in Me alone,  “Maamekum sharanam vraja”  

Arjuna says that if I fight, then I will incur sins and the Lord says, that if you do not fight then you will incur sins.   However,  in the end the Lord by showering his immense grace, says that do not be afraid of sins,  you simply take refuge in Me, then I will free you from all sins.   Along with this the Lord gives reassurance that do not worry. 

……. to be continued From book in hindi “Jit Dekhu Titi Tu” by Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj