The SrimadBhagavdgeetha is a voluminous collection and the essence of it lies in the shloka that follows, which lies in the 18th Canto and is celebrated as the Charama Shloka by Sri Vaishnavas.
||Sarva dharaman parityajya mamekam sharanam Vrja|
Aham tva sarvapapebhyo mokshayishyami ma shuchaha||
Meaning: Part will all forms of dharma and take sole surrender in Me and I will salvade you of every sin,worry not.
These are the golden words emanating from the lotus mouth of Sri Krishna. However it is seemingly tough to understand why this shloka, which seems to motivate one against dharma, is so worth the attention it garners.
Everything has its owm way of being said, and here “sarva dharman parityajya” though means part with every dharma, implies part with the interest in the fruits of dharma, righteousness. As the vedas point out, “Na karmana na prajaya dhanena, tyagenekena amrtatva manashuhu” : Salvation is achieved not through deeds, issues, wealth but through sacrifice of interest. Nyasa or Sanyasa does not mean saffron loins. It is just discharging one’s duties without expectation of fruit. Every act has been mentioned to bear its own result, but when we simply do it because it is right and not because its results are good, this sanyasa is achieved. Let’s understand it this way, we make tirukannaamudu, add surplus amounts of raisins, cashews, almonds, dates and ghee and we prepare this not for the palate, but for the Lord 🙂 The day we start doing this, we get one certain check of ourselves not being interested in the results and thus adhering to “karmanya vadhikarasthe ma phaleshu kadachana”:)
Also by saying part with righteousness, Kannan highlights the intellect to differentiate and prioritise between Svadharma ( righteousness of one’s own concern) and visesha dharma ( general righteousness).
It is essential to quote Parashar Bhattar. Once in SriRangam, Bhattar was witnessing the porappadu or uthsavam of the Lord and one of His disciples reminded, “Swami, it is time for sandhavandanam” to which Bhattar replied, ” I’m here dancing, singing and celebrating our Rangan, with paramabhagavathas, Chitragupta will not mind me abstaining sandhyavandanam for once.”
But this does not mean, we stop sandhyavandanam or tirvaradhanam or any other nithyanusandhanams for ages together 🙂 That again calls for the intellect to discriminate between Svadharma and Vishesha Dharma, and this intellect will arise by more and more satsangas 🙂
“Mamekam Saranam Vraja” Here the catch is ananyagathithvam, that is He is not our refuge, but He is our only refuge. Having take total surrender in Him, one must summon absolute faith in Emperuman, this faith Mahavishwasa, must be with us not during the best of times, but when goes hopeless to it’s extreme. Githacharyan assures us by saying, “I shall take care of thou” so keeping that in mind and not stumbling to situations is an essential in Sharanagathi.
“Ma Shuchaha” : Before Sharanagathi, we must actually feel bad that we have wasted so much of the precious janma of a man, (Durlabham Manusham janmam) and this worry vanishes after Sharanagathi as the Lord, the vanquisher of all glum, has been reached by us.
This is a compilation of adiyen’s treasured listenings of various discourses and harikathas and a humble samarpanam at His Lotus feet.
Emperumanar Thiruvadigale sharanam
Azhwar Thiruvadigale Sharanam
Thayar Thiruvadigale sharanam
Emperuman Thiruvadigale Sharanam