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    ||  Shri Hari  ||

    Gita’s Sharanagati (Refuge)   




      Swami Ramsukhdas


  • O’ Lord ! O’ My Lord ! May I never forget You !   

    ||  Shri Hari  ||  Gita’s Sharanagati (Refuge) 




    tvameva   mata   cha   pita   tvameva 

    tvameva bandhuscha sakha tvameva  | 

    tvameva  vidyaa   dravinam tvameva 

    tvameva sarvam mama   devadeva  || 

    Swami Ramsukhdas 







  • O’ Lord ! O’ My Lord ! May I never forget You !   

    ||  Shri Hari ||  Gita’s Sharanagati (Refuge) 

    (गीताक� शरणाग�त) 



    In Gita, God has elaborated on various disciplines to attain Him. There                       

    is no method, solution, that is left out by which man can attain His salvation.                             

    The talks that can be shared by various mouths, have been conveyed by                         

    Lord’s own mouth ! Thus Shridhar Swami a translator and commentator of                       

    Gitaji,  has written ­   


    Sheshaasheshamukhavyaakhyaachaaturyam tvekavaktratah | 

    Dadhaanmadbhutam vande paramaanandamaadhavam ||   


    I pray to that exceptional, eternally blissful Lord ​Shri Krishna, ​who                     

    cleverly takes in with one mouth the discourses shared by “​Sheshnaag​”                     

    through his various mouths.   


    Gita is a fathomless ocean of knowledge. On studying it, various new                       

    sentiments and feelings arise and they continue to manifest. Yes ! if                       

    someone tries to understand Gita based on their intellect, their deep                     




  • O’ Lord ! O’ My Lord ! May I never forget You !   

    knowledge and study, then they will be unable to understand ​Gitaji​. If they                         

    take refuge in ​Gita and the ​Gita orator, and then try to study ​Gita​, then the                               

    essence of ​Gita​ will automatically come to them on its own.   


    Gita ​is a holy text which is out of the Lord’s grace. ​Gita showers Her                             

    grace and after gracing, reveals Herself on Her own to those who take refuge                           

    in this holy text. I have seen such people, who had no knowledge of ​Sanskrit,                             

    but they were able to translate the meaning ! Even though they may not know                             

    the language, the principles of ​Gitaji​, the feelings and sentiments come into                       

    their mind. Approximately 60­65 years back, there was an accountant in                     

    Calcutta. He did not know how to write pure hindi. One day he said, I wish to                                 

    memorize the Gita; but it is not financially feasible for me to pay a teacher. I                               

    said to him, you prostrate in front of God, take refuge in Him, and start to                               

    read the ​Gita​. He went home, kept the Lord’s picture in front of him, lit a                               

    candle and some incense, offered some flowers and saying “​Krishnam Vande                     

    Jagatgurum​” began to read the ​Gita​. In due time, he memorized the ​Gita​. I                           

    heard him recite the eighteen chapters with all the other attendees. There                       

    was very few flaws in his recitation. 


    Gita ​cannot be known where there is pride of scholarliness, ­ such cases                         

    have also come in front of me. There was a good doctor, who knew the deep                               

    meanings of ​Ramayana​. On ​Gita Jayanti day, I shared some points from                       

    Gitaji, so he became interested in ​Gitaji. He said that whenever I listen to                           

    anyone reciting a verse, then I am able to remember it by heart; I therefore                             

    would like to know the deeper meaning of ​Gita​. I said to him to memorize the                               

    twelfth chapter, and come to me, then I will explain to you the meaning of it                               

    properly. After a few days he returned saying, that I am putting significant                         

    effort in trying to memorize the ​Gita​, but I cannot remember the ​Gita ! As I                               




  • O’ Lord ! O’ My Lord ! May I never forget You !   

    understand, the reason for this inability to memorize is that he had pride within                           

    that he is very knowledgeable and that he is able to very quickly memorize the                             

    verses ! Pride is a great obstacle in the path of spirituality. He who being                             

    free of pride, with a simple­straightforwardness takes refuge in ​Gitaji, he                     

    begins to understand the feelings and sentiments of ​Gita​. I have seen that                         

    those who have taken refuge in God, experience such exceptionalness, which                     

    occasionally appears even in the literary works and scriptures. 


      Therefore taking refuge in God is a main point that has been emphasized                         

    in ​Gita.  


    Gita begins with “​Sharanagati​” (taking refuge) and ends with                 

    “​Sharanagati​". Lord Krishna and Arjuna were together all the time. In ​Srimad                       

    Bhagavat,  Arjuna​ says  ­   


    Shayyaasanaatanvikathnbhojanaadi ­ shvaikyaad vayasya rutvaaniti vipralabdhah | 

    sakhyuh sakheva pitruvattnayasya sarvam sehe mahaan mahitayaa kumater dham me ||   

    (Srimad Bhagwat 1/15/19)   


    “While sleeping, sitting, wandering, chit­chatting, and eating with Lord                 

    Krishna, I developed such spontaneity with him, that I often called him “O’                         

    friend! you are my very own!” Saying so I used to even attack him. But with                               

    dignity and greatness, the great Lord, used to tolerate all those scorns and                         

    contempt from my limited intellect, just like a friend tolerates all the insults and                           

    scorning of his friend,  and a father does the same for his son.”   


    Even though the Lord was a very close friend of ​Arjuna​, then too the                           

    Lord never gave the message of the ​Gita to Arjuna​. However, at the time of                             




  • O’ Lord ! O’ My Lord ! May I never forget You !   

    war, when the weapons were ready to be used on both sides  ­   


    Pravruitte shastrasampaate dhanurudyamya paandavah”   

    (Gita 1/20).  


    During that time, the Lord shared the gospel of ​Gita with ​Arjuna ! Was                           

    this an opportune time of peace and quiet for sharing the ​Gita​? The answer to                             

    this is that previously ​Arjuna had not become restless in this manner, or                         

    taken refuge in the Lord. When he saw on the battlefield that both parties had                             

    his kith and kin, then a dilemma creeped in as to whether to fight or not? Will                                 

    we win in battle or will the ​Kauravas win? Is my supreme good in fighting the                               

    war or is it in not fighting?  He took refuge in the Lord and prayed­   


    Kaarpanya dosho pahataswabhaavah 

    prucchaami tvaam dharmasamoodhchetaah | 

    Yacchreyah syaannischintam broohi tanme 

    Shishyasteham shaadhi maam tvaam prapannam ||   

    (Gita 2/7)