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quote Srila Prabhupada from Bhagavad Gita As It Is

Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 02:54:31 PDT

TEXT 66  

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah
sarva-dharman--all varieties of religion;
parityajya--abandoning; mam--unto Me; ekam--only;
saranam--for surrender; vraja--go; aham--I; tvam--you;
sarva--all; papebhyah--from sinful reactions;
moksayisyami--will deliver; ma--do not; sucah--worry.

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender
unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful
reactions. Do not fear.

The Lord has described various kinds of knowledge and
processes of religion--knowledge of the Supreme
Brahman, knowledge of the Supersoul, knowledge of the
different types of orders and statuses of social life,
knowledge of the renounced order of life, knowledge of
nonattachment, sense and mind control, meditation,
etc. He has described in so many ways different types
of religion. Now, in summarizing Bhagavad-gita, the
Lord says that Arjuna should give up all the processes
that have been explained to him; he should simply
surrender to Krsna. That surrender will save him from
all kinds of sinful reactions, for the Lord personally
promises to protect him.

In the Seventh Chapter it was said that only one who
has become free from all sinful reactions can take to
the worship of Lord Krsna. Thus one may think that
unless he is free from all sinful reactions he cannot
take to the surrendering process. To such doubts it is
here said that even if one is not free from all sinful
reactions, simply by the process of surrendering to
Sri Krsna he is automatically freed. There is no need
of strenuous effort to free oneself from sinful
reactions. One should unhesitatingly accept Krsna as
the supreme savior of all living entities. With faith
and love, one should surrender unto Him.

The process of surrender to Krsna is described in the
Hari-bhakti vilasa (11.676):

anukulyasya sankalpah
pratikulyasya varjanam
raksisyatiti visvaso
goptrtve varanam tatha
sad-vidha saranagatih

According to the devotional process, one should simply
accept such religious principles that will lead
ultimately to the devotional service of the Lord. One
may perform a particular occupational duty according
to his position in the social order, but if by
executing his duty one does not come to the point of
Krsna consciousness, all his activities are in vain.
Anything that does not lead to the perfectional stage
of Krsna consciousness should be avoided. One should
be confident that in all circumstances Krsna will
protect him from all difficulties. There is no need of
thinking how one should keep the body and soul
together. Krsna will see to that. One should always
think himself helpless and should consider Krsna the
only basis for his progress in life. As soon as one
seriously engages himself in devotional service to the
Lord in full Krsna consciousness, at once he becomes
freed from all contamination of material nature. There
are different processes of religion and purificatory
processes by cultivation of knowledge, meditation in
the mystic yoga system, etc., but one who surrenders
unto Krsna does not have to execute so many methods.
That simple surrender unto Krsna will save him from
unnecessarily wasting time. One can thus make all
progress at once and be freed from all sinful

One should be attracted by the beautiful vision of
Krsna. His name is Krsna because He is all-attractive.
One who becomes attracted by the beautiful,
all-powerful, omnipotent vision of Krsna is fortunate.
There are different kinds of transcendentalists--some
of them are attached to the impersonal Brahman vision,
some of them are attracted by the Supersoul feature,
etc., but one who is attracted to the personal feature
of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and, above all,
one who is attracted by the Supreme Personality of
Godhead as Krsna Himself, is the most perfect
transcendentalist. In other words, devotional service
to Krsna, in full consciousness, is the most
confidential part of knowledge, and this is the
essence of the whole Bhagavad-gita. Karma-yogis,
empiric philosophers, mystics and devotees are all
called transcendentalists, but one who is a pure
devotee is the best of all. The particular words used
here, ma sucah, "Don't fear, don't hesitate, don't
worry," are very significant. One may be perplexed as
to how one can give up all kinds of religious forms
and simply surrender unto Krsna, but such worry is

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