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prapatti in BG as upAya?

From: Rajagopalan, Murli, NCSIO (
Date: Tue Jun 23 1998 - 12:29:07 PDT

Dear BhAgawatAs,

Based on a very simple translation and commentary of the Bhagawad Geeta (BG)
I have been reading, I have a very basic question.  It is not clear to me as
to where in the 18 chapters Sri Krishna instructs that prapatti is an
independent and efficacious method to moksha.  Could somebody shed some
light on that?  Why did Krishna have to talk at all about karma-, j~nana-,
and bhakti- yoga just to say prapatti in the end.  Agreed, prapatti is
required for a bhakti yogi?  How will prapatti work for a non-bhakti yogi?
Also, is Arjuna a bhakti yogi and did he perform prapatti?  I know that this
is probably the most discussed and well addressed aspects of BG, but adiyen
gets confused even on simple issues such as these.  Please forgive me for
being so naive.

-- Adiyen

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