(a) Read carefully all 18 teachings below and put a mark
by the 5 or 6 that are most natural to you.
(b) Circle (A, B, C, D, or E below), to indicate the mode
of devotion that best suits you at this point in your life.
(c) Date your sheet and revisit it in the future.
Be aware of your responses changing over time.
“There is an order to devotion and a number of approaches to it:
(A) “I quickly come to those who…
___ 1) offer Me, Brahman, all their actions
___ 2) set their minds on Me, the Divine
with unswerving devotion
___ 3) worship Me as their dearest delight
___ 4) and take Me as their one and only goal in life.
When you do these things I will spare you the sorrow of death and endless waves of rebirth.
(B) But it is true that a person is where his or her mind is. Therefore you must…
___ 5) fix your mind on Me, Divinity
___ 6) be absorbed in Me alone
___ 7) focus your devotion on Me
___ 8) and still yourself in Me.
Then, without a doubt you will come and live within Me.
(C) But if you are unable to become thus absorbed in Me…
___ 9) wean your mind away from the world
___10) and constantly concentrate on Me.
This may seem impossible to you, but the impossible can be made possible through regular practice (abhyasa yoga).
(D) If you find that you are not disciplined enough to concentrate in this manner…
___11) transform all your worldly actions into worship
and do all your acts for My sake
___12) and turn your force of habit to your own advantage—
make a habit of dedicating all your actions to Divinity.
As you do this, you increasingly become My instrument
and your mind is gradually purified, which leads you to Me.
(E) But if you cannot even do that, pursue an equally powerful alternative…
___13) take refuge in Me
___14) subdue your mind
___15) and give up desire for the fruits of your actions.
(F) Finally, Warrior, you should know that…
___16) knowledge is better than rituals
___17) meditation is better than knowledge
___18) abandoning the fruits of one’s actions is even
better than meditation—because peace comes
immediately to those who give up expectations.
Those who do these things, dearly love Me, Brahman (the Godhead). I therefore save them. – Krishna
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