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Explain Arpana or Dedication in Hinduism

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  • The term Arpana or Dedication is a simple term with deep meaning. Anything we dedicate to god with pure and innocent mind is accepted by the God.

  • As per sayings of lord Krishna in B Gita-I see only the person who has utmost sincerity not what he offers to me. For example-in Gita, lord Krishna says-patram pushpam phalam toyam, yo me bhaktya prayachhati tad aham bhakti upahrutam asnami, prayatatmana”. It means-“if anyone offers me leaf, flower, fruit or water with love and dedication-I will accept it”. What he all need is nothing but the innocent love.

  • Apart from all these, if we go through B Gita we can see that the Dedication is not just about offering any material thing to the god. Even we can perform all our works and duties as a dedication to the almighty.

  • Lord Krishna urges everyone to do all the works at its fullest potential by keeping mind upon him without thinking too much about the fruit or result.

  • If we follow the above instruction we can have a detached mind that even leads to the ultimate goal that is Moksha or self-realization.

  • “Sarveshu kaleshu mam anusmara yudhya ca, mayyarpita manobuddhir mam evaishyasyasamsaya”. This Gita sloka says-those who always keep the mind and intellect upon me by involving one’s own duty will surely attain me.

  • In another chapter, lord Krishna gives much more clarity by using very simple language. It says-“yat karosi yadasnasi yajjuhosi dadasi yat yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kurusva madarpanam”.

  • Its meaning is-“Whatever you do, eat, offer, bestow as a gift, austerities you perform, Do all it as an offering to Me”.

  • So, we can conclude that through these sloka lord Krishna gave another dimension to the term Arpana or Dedication.