svay¯ath¯atmyam.prakr. ty¯asya tirodhi´s´saran.¯agatih.
bhaktabhedah.prabuddhasya ´srais.t.hyam.saptama ucyate 11
Saptama ucyate = these are told in the Seventh Chapter. Five concepts are mentioned. Svayathatmyam = He [Sri Krishna] explains His true Self. Arjuna gets a doubt as to why none are able to understand the Supremacy of the Lord, when His greatness is so clear? He is Paramatma, Parabrahmam. He only could grant Moksham. He is the Consort of Sri MahaLakshmi. All are His property and everyone is His servant. Then why others do not worship and surrender to Him? Something is obstructing us from understanding Him clearly. Something is hiding His greatness from us. In reply Sri Krishna tells praktya asya tirodhi = prakruti or samsaram or the mixture of chit and achit spread all over the Universe. We can say suppose we want to go to temple for worship. At that time suddenly if we develop pain in the legs, we cancel our trip. This is an example of prakruti. We go to a religious discourse and there we get sleep, we miss to listen to His greatness. So this world, our surroundings, our birth and the infinite karma act as screen and prevent us from understanding His majesty. Arjuna wonders why the Lord is gleefully telling that His fame is not understood by all. As a third point Sri Krishna tells how this screen of samsaram could be overcome. Saranagathi = surrender. To understsnd Him and to develop Bhakti, saranagathi is the only way. Clinging to His divine feet and praying to rescue from this prakruti is the method to understand His greatness. He only can help us to know about Him. Unlike meditating on other matters, thinking on the sweet image of the Lord also will be sweet. It is very difficult to concentrate our mind on empty space. But to think of the beautiful form of the Lord is easy and pleasant. With the feather of pea-cock on the head, dark curly flocks of hair, charming face, large beautiful lotus like eyes, large ear rings, coral red lips smiling, well developed shoulders, broad chest with Srivtasam, well formed thighs and lotus feet - all these are easy to conceive and meditate. The experience also will be delightful. Bhakti practicing is therefore, easy and enjoyable. Fourth concept is the categories of Bhaktas or devotees. Bhakta bheda = different Bhaktas:
- Those who want to regain lost wealth.
- Those who want to acquire new wealth.
- Those who want to have atmanubhavam.
- Those who want Him [Sri Krishna].
The five concepts of Chapter 7 are:
- Sri Krishna's greatness.
- Obstacle of prakruti.
- Saranagathi to clear the obstacle.
- Types of Bhaktas
- Best among Bhaktas.