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Translation

 Salutations to Krsna, the Parijata (fulfiller of all desires) to those who take refuge in Him, the milker of the Gita-nectar, the holder of the cane in one hand and jnana mudra in the other.
Salutation to Krsna, the Parijata (fulfiller of all desires) to those who take refuge in Him, the milker of the Gita-nectar

This verse is a tribute to Lord Krsna, the guru in the Bhagavad Gita, who took Arjuna, from a hopeless situation to a state of inspiration. Salutation is paid to Krsna because of the manner in which he took Arjuna out of his state of despondency. Full of love, affection, friendship and sincerity. Yet, never did he order Arjuna to follow his advice. He simply put forth eternal principles, gave his opinion when asked and gave Arjuna the complete freedom to choose his path of action.

Lord Krsna is referred to as the ‘Parijata’ tree – a mythological tree that is believed to fulfil the desires of all those who stand under it. It means those who dedicate their thoughts, feelings and actions to a higher purpose, to that Divine Power, are taken care of. The next question that appears in our minds is ‘How does this work?’ ‘How do our desires get fulfilled?’

When we work selflessly, without thinking about the fruit of the action, dedicating ourselves to a higher goal, the selfish thoughts that impede our actions are immediately overcome. This renders our actions powerful and potent because our minds do not wander to the fruit of the action while performing the action. Our minds remain completely focussed on the task at hand. As a result, we are able to act to the best of our ability. When we work to our true potential, merit accrues. And when merit accrues, the world recognises it and rewards us. Thus by fixing a higher goal and focussing on the present action with the intellect, we are able to fulfil our desires.

Oliver Goldsmith once said ‘I have been young but now am old, yet never saw I the righteous man forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.’ No person who dedicates himself or herself to a noble, selfless ideal will be left uncared for. The best way to understand this is to try it out in our own lives.

As long as we focus on what we do not have, there will be a sense of deficiency. In the process we become blind to all that Nature has bountifully blessed us with. Understanding the knowledge given by Lord Krsna in the Gita, we begin to see all that we have and become grateful for it. It raises us to a state of abundance.

Once we taste the joys of spiritual pursuit and tune in to Atman, all physical, emotional and intellectual desires vanish. Hence Krsna is called Parijata – ‘tree of fulfilment’. When we pick up a higher desire, the lower desires automatically lose their hold on us and drop away. Krsna exposes us to the highest – Atman. In the light of Atman, all desires vanish.

The milker of the Gita nectar is Krsna. Krsna was a cowherd who knew the art of milking. Milk is a universal food consumed by young and old, healthy and unhealthy people, invalids and athletes. Similarly the Bhagavad Gita is a universal food for the spirit that nourishes people all over the world. It blesses them with peace, prosperity and the ultimate state of Enlightenment. It is nectarine. The study and application of the Gita is exhilarating, entertaining and blissful.