Are you a true devotee of God ?

One who treats both his friends and enemy in a same way... One who remains same during honour and insult... One who is same in heat or cold... One who is same during pleasure and pain... One who is free from all attachments, is an ideal devotee of the God !

When we are devoted to God, many times some questions arise in our minds, such as “Who is a devotee ?” “What are the attributes of a devotee ?” “Which devotee is dearer to God ?” “What are the qualities that an ideal devotee possesses ?” and so on…
These are very genuine questions and the answers to these questions form an essence of true devotion, or bhakti. These questions also bothered Arjuna on the battlefield and he asked Lord Krishna to enlighten him, after which Lord Krishna Himself answered the qualities of an ideal devotee in the 12th chapter (shloka 13-19) of Shrimad Bhagawadgita, aptly named “˜Bhakti Yoga“™ – The Yoga of devotion !
As per Lord Krishna Himself, being a devotee who is very dear to God doesn”™t require any special or strict penance. You do not need to perform special and complicated rituals to be a great devotee. If you follow these simple things and imbibe them in your day to day life, you will be dearer to God.
Lord Krishna told Arjuna,
अद्वेष्टा सर्वभूतानां मैत्रः करुण एव च ।
निर्ममो निरहंकारः समदुःखसुखः क्षमी ॥ १३॥
(One who doesn”™t hate anyone, is friendly and compassionate, free of selfishness and egotism, is equal during happy and bad times, one who is forgiving….)
संतुष्टः सततं योगी यतात्मा दृढनिश्चयः ।
मय्यर्पितमनोबुद्धिर्यो मद्भक्तः स मे प्रियः ॥ १४॥
(One who is always content, steadfast in meditation, has control over his senses, one who possesses firm conviction and is dedicated to me with mind and intellect…..He, My devotee, is dear to Me)
यस्मान्नोद्विजते लोको लोकान्नोद्विजते च यः ।
हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैर्मुक्तो यः स च मे प्रियः ॥ १५॥
(That person by whom no one gets agitated and hurt, and one who is not agitated by anyone ; one who is undeterred by happiness, enjoyment, anger, fear and frustration…. He is dear to Me)
अनपेक्षः शुचिर्दक्ष उदासीनो गतव्यथः ।
सर्वारम्भपरित्यागी यो मद्भक्तः स मे प्रियः ॥ १६॥
(He who doesn”™t expect anything, is pure at mind and heart, is alert, not concerned by anything, is untroubled by the circumstances, one who has renounced the worldly commencements and is devoted to Me…..He, My devotee, is dear to Me.)
यो न हृष्यति न द्वेष्टि न शोचति न काङ्क्षति ।
शुभाशुभपरित्यागी भक्तिमान्यः स मे प्रियः ॥ १७॥
(He who neither rejoices, nor hates… He who doesn”™t grieves, nor desires… He, who renounces the fruits of good as well as bad and is full of devotion… He, My devotee, is dear to Me.)
समः शत्रौ च मित्रे च तथा मानापमानयोः ।
शीतोष्णसुखदुःखेषु समः सङ्गविवर्जितः ॥ १८॥
(One who treats both his friends and enemy in a same way… One who remains same during honour and insult… One who is same in heat or cold… One who is same during pleasure and pain… One who is free from all attachments….)
तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् ।
अनिकेतः स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नरः ॥ १९॥
(One for whom comparison, criticism and praise are equal, one who is silent in the condition of being compared, criticized or praised… one who is content with anything, one who is happy and content even without a house, is steady in his mind, and is full of devotion….He, the devoted man, is dear to Me)
As we all can see, if you are a good human being, disciplined, treat your friends and enemies in the same way, pure at heart, do not get agitated and love everyone, you will be loved by the God and considered an ideal devotee. This is the beauty of Shrimad Bhagawadgita ! It is not only a religious scripture, it gives an insight into many basic unanswered questions of humanity and if everyone starts to imbibe the teachings of Shrimad Bhagawadgita, the person will not only make his/her life better, but will make the world an awesome place to live and remove sufferings from the world !
This was first in the series of articles on the essense of Shrimad Bhagavadgita, which is the word of none other than the God himself ! Answers to all the questions and solutions to all the problems of life can be found in one of the best texts in the history of mankind ! It has the potential to change the entire mankind and eradicate its sufferings. The glory of Shrimad Bhagawadgita supercedes everything ! Jai Shri Krishna !

 Kshitij Mohan (pursuing PhD in biological sciences from Germany)

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