मच्चित्त: सर्वदुर्गाणि मत्प्रसादात्तरिष्यसि |
अथ चेत्वमहङ्कारान्न श्रोष्यसि विनङ्क्ष्यसि || 58||
mach-chittaḥ sarva-durgāṇi mat-prasādāt tariṣhyasi
atha chet tvam ahankārān na śhroṣhyasi vinaṅkṣhyasi
mat-chittaḥ—by always remembering me; sarva—all; durgāṇi—obstacles; mat-prasādāt—by my grace; tariṣhyasi—you shall overcome; atha—but; chet—if; tvam—you; ahankārāt—due to pride; na śhroṣhyasi—do not listen; vinaṅkṣhyasi—you will perish
Fixing your mind on Me, by My grace, you will overcome all obstacles; but if from egotism, you do not take My instruction, you will perish.
Durgani: Durgam means obstacle in the way of spiritual realisation. Maya has created and is creating innumerable hurdles and obstacles, difficulties and dangers, by which man is frustrated in his aspiration to attain the ultimate goal of life. This is everybody’s experience in life. And this Maya can’t be crossed by any amount of human effort. The Lord of Maya is alone capable of removing Maya. Thus surrendering to the Lord is the only way to dispel the clouds, the illusions and delusions of the mind. There is no other way.
Matprasadat: The Lord’s grace is free for all. But those only who worship Him heart and soul feel the effect of His grace. Though the wind is blowing everywhere, only those sailors advance on the way who keep the sails of their boats unfurled. Those who seek shelter under a tree alone feel the cool shade. Therefore surrendering to the Lord is the only way for man to transcend all sorrows and difficulties.
The choice is left to man. If he surrenders, he will be happy and overcome all difficulties. If he does not, eternal bondage will be his lot, however much he may struggle in the ocean of Samsara.
Question: How can man transcend the difficulties of Samsara?
Answer: If he surrenders to the Lord with his mind fixed on Him, all the obstacles will vanish.
Question: What is the fate of those who refuse the Lord’s command?
Answer: They will perish.
Question: What prevents man from surrendering to the Lord?
Answer: The pride of egotism stands in the way of self-surrender.
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 18 🔻 (78 Verses)