mayy eva mana adhatsva
mayi buddhim nivesaya
nivasisyasi mayy eva
ata urdhvam na samsayah
"Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt."
The Lord tells Arjuna, na samsaya = never have any doubt, on the matter He was to tell Arjuna. Arjuna should then resolve to practice what the Lord told. Then he could see what type of life he would enjoy! Mayy eva = only in Me [Sri Krishna], mana = [Arjuna's] mind, adhatsva = should concentrate. We saw in the earlier sloka that a Bhakta devoting on the Lord, is being rescued from samsaram. Therefore, he should concentrate his mind on the Lord. When the Lord assured that He would redeem all those in His upasana, we have to follow that to get redeemed. Therefore, when practicing Bhakti as sadhana or means for Moksham, we should concentrate our mind in Him. Mayi = in Me [Sri Krishna], buddhim = intellect, nivesaya = be dedicated. What is mind and what is intellect? Mind indicates thought. Intellect indicates the knowledge, referred to as dharma bhoota gyana. Intellect means resolve. Therefore, the Lord says that thought of the mind should be concentrated in Him; and, resolve to be with Him. Mere thought can not be resolve; nor, we think of resolves always. That is why the Lord says dedicate both mind and resolve unto Him. The resolve should be that the Lord is not only the means to achieve, but also the goal to be achieved. That is He is both Sadhana and Parama [Supreme] Prapyam. The other types of devotees use the Lord as the means to achieve aiswarya [worldly pleasures] or kaivalyam [enjoyment of one's own soul]. Both means and destination are He, is the attitude of these devotees. Aiswaryarti and Kaivalyarti regard the Lord as mere ladder to climb to their destination. They do not want to enjoy His company. Money is required; but that money itself can not give pleasure. With that money one gets all objects of pleasure and enjoys. Money is, thus a means for enjoyment and not the object of enjoyment also. The Lord tells Arjuna not to use Him as mere means for enjoyment, but as the Object of enjoyment also. This is the resolve to be taken. By dedicating our intellect or buddhi in Him, we resolve that He is both the means and goal. Ata = then, urdhvam = onwards, mayy eva = with Me [Sri Krishna] alone, nivasisyasi = be present [live]. Once we get our thought and intellect dedicated to Him, from then we will live with Him for ever. Here, living for ever does not mean attaining Moksham. We have to resolve that He is our support. He is the support, whether we resolve or not. The Lord is supporting us even without our Gyana that He is our support. But what the Lord intends to convey is, that once we have dedicated our mind and buddhi in Him, from that moment, we come to an important decision. That is we are not to worry about our life and the Lord is the Savior of all [सर्व रक्षक]. Always He is the Protector. But at times we think that we are protecting ourselves. To such persons the Lord does not appear to protect. Now that we have dedicated our mind and buddhi in Him, we resolve that He alone is our Protector. We then live without any worry. Swamy Vedanta Desika in his Nyasa Vimsati says at the end 'nirbharo nirbhayasmi' - no responsibility [of protecting self] nor worry or fear. Both our welfare and responsibility of living are His concern. As told by that Mahacharya [Swami Desika], Sri Krishna tells Arjuna that thereafter the Lord takes over all responsibility of the devotee, who lives a carefree and worryless life. Arjuna need have no doubts on this, assures the Lord. From this we can understand that Bhakti is both easy and quick to yield results. This is assured by none other than the Person, Who is to grant all results. He is no ordinary person, but very great. This assurance we see from the Lord, Who appears in Four sannidhis in various poses. It is like an assurance being repeated Four times! We should get that resolve and be firm in that like the unshakable hill of Thiruneermalai. With this we now take leave of this Kshetram.