"It is not what you do that matters, but how you do it – with what attitude and aim. The spiritual effect that a seemingly spiritual activity brings, can also be had by the domestic pursuit, provided you preserve a spiritual attitude and dedication."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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मत्तः परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय ।
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव ।। ७.७ ।।

mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat-kiñcid-asti dhanañ-jaya |
mayi sarvam-idaṁ protaṁ sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva || 7.7 ||

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To make his instruction understood with full clarity, Krishna significantly adds:

मत्तः परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय ।
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव ।।

There is nothing besides and beyond Me, O Dhananjaya. In Me, all this is interwoven, like beads in a thread.

The whole creation is interwoven in the supreme Person, like beads in a string. Here the beads are not different in material from the thread, as it may appear to be at first thought. On the other hand, it is the same thread that is knotted to become the many beads. Beads and knots and thread are all made of the same substance. The oneness linking them all is thereby clearly brought forth.

Arjuna, like any other student, seeker or disciple, is left with no option. His comprehension now has to become clear and all-embracing. There is no scope for any bheda-buddhi, for separating anything from another, anyone from another, as he had first thought about his elders in the opposite camp. The sight of most beloved and venerable Bheeshma and Drona and other kith and kin standing on the enemy side had swept his mind and intelligence. Whether relatives or no relatives, the war was war. It was to be fought between those who wished to fight, kill or get killed. Let those who do not wish so, quit the warfront. Or else, it is clear that they do love to fight, and are ready to meet its destined outcome. Why bring in the ideas of relatives, friends and others?

Attachment no more remains as attachment. Indeed, there is no struggle to remove or replace it. Let the mind be given to one and all alike. Love but love unreservedly, without preference or prejudice.

Krishna stands before Arjuna with a summary position: “I myself am all this complex variety. If you like me, if you are attached to me, naturally you must relish and like all this complexity. Is there anyone or anything in creation that you can choose to condemn or abhor? By that, you will only be condemning me. Thus, your attachment to me, if full and complete, takes the mind above all undue and tormenting preferences and prejudices.”

What the devotee or the seeker is unable to bring about in his mind, in the way of purity or wholesomeness, he finds easy to accomplish, through the power of attachment and identification with the Supreme, with the Guru.

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