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Question 9


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Explain Arpana or Dedication in Hinduism


  • 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.

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