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Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 10
Shloka
Satatam keertayanto maam yatantashcha dridhavrataah;
Namasyantashcha maam bhaktyaa nityayuktaa upaasate.
Translation
Always glorifying Me, striving, firm in vows, prostrating before Me,
they worship Me with devotion, ever steadfast.
Interpretation
After talking about the fools who first go to different Gods and then even to demons, Lord Krishna in this sloka talks about the behaviour of wise men. He says that a wise man believes in just one God and keeps singing praises of that God, he strives and overcomes all the difficulties he faces on the route but his belief and vow that he took stays intact. This wise man always bends his head in front of the God, worshipping Him with total and utmost devotion and never ever strays from the path of God that he had taken.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Do you really have to glorify God and sing His praises? The answer is Yes and No. You should not take this sentence as it is. When we like something we show preference to it. When we like it more we show bias towards it. When we like even more, we want it to be with us. When we like it even even more, we can’t live without it. If we extend that, God is above all this in our liking and we keep God at a place which we give for nobody. If such is the case, glorifying and praise comes automatically out of it. But what we see many people do is the opposite.
Let me explain. When we recite Vishnu sahastranamam or perform Satyanarayana vratam at home, we do recite some verses as a part of the ritual. Actually the meaning of those verses talks about the Supreme nature of the God. 99.9% of those who perform these rituals dont even understand the meaning of it. And 99.99999% of them make a priest to recite those verses. If you are doing the puja why a third and unknown person has to recite them? All this is happening because You have never kept God in that Supreme position. You are performing these rituals out of fear or expecting a favour or to fulfil the requirements of say marriage or house warming etc.
Such things can never bring you closer to God. Worshipping God is never meant to be a showoff. This is the secret of this sloka. It is meant to be a private affair where out of the utmost love, affection and devotion, verses praising Him will automatically flow out of you. It neither has to be read out from a book nor has to be performed as rituals. Instead of going into this secret, many of us feel happy getting those rituals performed by a priest, paying him money and think that we are devotional. This is nothing but illusion and O mind, come out of it and see the reality. This is the secret.