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Strive for Perfection – Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti Yog / October 12, 2017

Krishna Arjuna

Often, we come across people who will settle for nothing less than perfection in their chosen tasks or professions. Maybe this person is a musician who is rehearsing their song for the umpteenth time before a performance; or an Olympic runner constantly working on beating the world record; or a chef trying to create the perfect recipe who irons out tiny flaws with each subsequent preparation. While we admire their tenacity, we can find their relentless quest for seemingly elusive perfection, peculiar.

What is Perfection?

The Bhagavad Gita defines perfection as Yog or union with God and simultaneously refers to the process of attaining this perfection also as Yog. One who attains such union with God through the practice of Yog is forever free from the afflictions of Shree Krishna’s material energy Maya such as anger, lust, greed etc. Having thus achieved a state of equanimity, such a person automatically performs all their tasks perfectly in a spirit of devotion and service to God or in Yog.

How Can we Become Perfect?

Shree Krishna, in Chapter 7 of the Bhagavad Gita, describes to Arjun, how one can attain him through the practice of Bhakti Yog. The end result of such a practice is obtaining the Divine Love of God, through which one can actually serve Him.

However, this ultimate perfection of human life, one worth striving for in every sense, is dependent on the grace of God. One grace, especially, is the degree of hunger one has for God. This exists in varying amounts in different people and often fluctuates with the challenges one must face on the journey. For this reason, Divine Love or Bhakti is very difficult to attain.

मनुष्याणां सहस्रेषु कश्चिद्यतति सिद्धये ।

यततामपि सिद्धानां कश्चिन्मां वेत्तितत्त्वतः ॥

Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows me in truth. ||3||

In this video Swami Mukundananda describes the three greatest acts of grace by God on the soul that provide an incredible opportunity to attain perfection and what is needed from our end to accomplish this objective.

Article Sources:

Watch Bhagavad Gita lectures in English: Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 7 – Swami Mukundananda

Watch Bhagavad Gita lectures in Hindi: Bhagavad Gita Satsang – Swami Mukundananda

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