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GITA FOR CHILDREN
PART 23

(Continued from the previous issue)


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CHAPTER 9

21. ‘Let Me now get back to what I was telling you earlier. People miss Me as the Immanent God, immanent in all the things in this Universe, and they also miss Me as the Incarnation. Needless to say that the latter is a greater failure.’

22. ‘Arjuna, whether people understand it or not, take it from Me that I am the One who has ordained this Universe; I am also its Father, Mother, and Grandfather.’

 

23. ‘I give heat. I send forth rain and also withhold it at times. I am death as well as Immortality.’

24. ‘I am the Goal, the Sustainer, the Great Lord, the Eternal Witness, the Eternal Abode, the only True Friend, the Fountainhead, the Origin, the End, the Treasure House and the Seed Imperishable.’

25. ‘Great Souls know all this. Always proclaiming My Glory, they constantly worship Me.’

26. ‘And now Arjuna, I make a solemn promise not only to you but to the whole of mankind: Those who think of Me all the time with no other thought and who are steadfast in their devotion to Me, to such ones I declare – “Be assured that I shall bear entirely the burden of Your welfare”. Arjuna, that is not merely a promise but a Divine vow!’

27. ‘People often wonder how to please Me. No problem at all because I am very easy to please. I don’t ask for expensive gifts. I am quite happy even if you offer just a fruit, or a flower, or a leaf or even a bit of water. All I want is that you should do so with Love in your Heart. I expect nothing but Love.’

28. ‘Actually, you do not have to even bother about getting for Me a fruit or a flower. Just offer Me your bad qualities; that is more than ample! In fact, I would be overjoyed if people were to offer their bad traits like anger, jealousy, hatred, etc.’

29. Completely mystified, Arjuna asks, ‘Krishna, what is the connection between Divine Love and Your extraordinarily generous offer to accept absolute trash from us, in the shape of our bad qualities?’

30. Krishna replies, ‘The answer is very simple. When a person gives up bad qualities, that person gets purified to some extent and thereby comes closer to Me. Should I not rejoice on that score? It is My intense Love for man that makes Me feel that way!’

31. ‘People have all kinds of wrong and funny notions about Me. They think that I have favourites, and that I positively detest some people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is all people’s imagination.’

32. ‘I am the same to all beings, and with Me none is favoured or distant. In fact, even if the vilest sinner were to come to Me and say, “Lord, please forgive me. I am sorry about my evil past and promise to be good from now on,” I would readily welcome him. If the sinner truly repents, I shall, without any hesitation, rescue him forthwith. His past would be no hindrance. This is a solemn assurance.’

33. ‘Arjuna, it is very strange. Here I am ever ready to help, ever ready to carry man’s burden, anxious to rescue him, and all that. But what does he do? He ignores Me or forgets Me, unless of course he gets into deep trouble.’

 

34. ‘Arjuna, don’t be like these fools who lose themselves in the attractions of the world and forget Me. The world is transient and also so full of misery. How can something that is transient ever give permanent happiness? Yet, man is not able to understand this obvious fact.’

35. ‘Arjuna, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as oblation to the sacred fire, whatever you do by way of penance, in short whatever good act you perform, offer it whole heartedly to Me and think of Me while engaged in that action.’

36. ‘The Wise know what permanent joy or Bliss is. They know that Bliss can be found only in Me. I am Eternal, and therefore the joy that I confer is also Eternal. Realise this truth, O Arjuna. Now get ready to fight in conformity with the duty to which you have been born. While fighting think of Me, and offer your actions to Me. Then, even as the Wise do, you too shall come to Me in due course. Of this, there can be no doubt.’

(To be continued...)

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