Thursday, June 20, 2013
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 11 Text 48
na veda-yajnadhyayanair na danair
na ca kriyabhir na tapobhir ugraih
evam-rupah sakya aham nr-loke
drastum tvad anyena kuru-pravira
na--never; veda-yajna--by sacrifice; adhyayanaih--or Vedic study; na--never; danaih--by charity; na--never; ca--also; kriyabhih--by pious activities; na--never; tapobhih--by serious penances; ugraih--severe; evam-rupah--in this form; sakyah--can; aham--I; nr-loke--in this material world; drastum--be seen; tvat--than you; anyena--by another; kuru-pravira--O best among the Kuru warriors.
O best of the Kuru warriors, no one before you has ever seen this universal form of Mine, for neither by studying the Vedas, nor by performing sacrifices, nor by charity, nor by pious activities, nor by severe penances can I be seen in this form in the material world.
Srila Prabhupada, in his purport, gives us this definition of what a demigod is; And what is a demigod? It is stated in the Vedic scriptures that those who are devotees of Lord Visnu are demigods (visnu-bhaktah smrta devah).
He also has this to say about Bhagavad-gita; We should follow the principles of Bhagavad-gita, otherwise there is no possibility of attaining perfect spiritual knowledge. Although Bhagavad-gita is considered the preliminary study of the science of God, still it is so perfect that it enables one to distinguish what is what.