|Chapter 12: Devotional Service|
ye tu sarvani karmani
mayi sannyasya mat-parah
mam dhyayanta upasate tesam aham samuddharta
bhavami na cirat partha
But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their minds upon Me, O son of Pritha — for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.
Krishna makes two important points here. Firstly, He, once again, provides a brief but comprehensive description of the process of devotion. Bhakti is that which has Krishna as its only object. Its only purpose is to attain Krishna and it is not accompanied with any other desires. It is uninterrupted – not performed only in times of distress or favorable times, but always, all the time. It is a state of mind or consciousness and is not performed externally, by only following rules and regulations, but performed with faith and love. So, the devotee performs all activities only for the pleasure of Krishna. Srila Prabhupada comments, "The process is very simple: one can devote himself in his occupation and engage at the same time in chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Such transcendental chanting attracts the devotee to the Personality of Godhead." For such a person, Krishna takes the responsibility of delivering from this ocean of material existence, without any delay. The devotee does not have to endeavor separately for liberation. Krishna personally takes charge of making sure that such a devotee is liberated. This is in contrast to a person following the path of karma where he himself is responsible for making sure that he performs the appropriate activities, or the process of jnana, where he has to control his desires and senses while studying the scriptures, or the process of astanga, where he has to perform intense austerities by controlling his breath and meditating for long periods of times. For a devotee, Krishna "quickly" takes control of his life and brings about all auspiciousness. Srila Prabhupada explains, "A child is completely cared for by his parents, and thus his position is secure. Similarly, a devotee does not need to endeavor to transfer himself by yoga practice to other planets. Rather, the Supreme Lord, by His great mercy, comes at once, riding on His bird carrier Garuda, and at once delivers the devotee from material existence. Although a man who has fallen in the ocean may struggle very hard and may be very expert in swimming, he cannot save himself. But if someone comes and picks him up from the water, then he is easily rescued. Similarly, the Lord picks up the devotee from this material existence. One simply has to practice the easy process of Krishna consciousness and fully engage himself in devotional service."
Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.