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Chapter 9: The Most Confidential Knowledge

Bg 9.24
TEXT 24
aham hi sarva-yajnanam
bhokta ca prabhur eva ca
na tu mam abhijananti
tattvenatas cyavanti te
SYNONYMS
aham—I; hi—surely; sarva—of all; yajnanam—sacrifices; bhokta—enjoyer; ca—and; prabhuh—Lord; eva—also; ca—and; na—not; tu—but; mam—Me; abhijananti—know; tattvena—in reality; atah—therefore; cyavanti—fall down; te—they.
TRANSLATION
I am the only enjoyer and the only object of sacrifice. Those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down.
PURPORT
Here it is clearly stated that there are many types of yajna performances recommended in the Vedic literatures, but actually all of them are meant for satisfying the Supreme Lord. Yajna means Visnu. In the Second Chapter of Bhagavad-gita it is clearly stated that one should only work for satisfying Yajna or Visnu. The perfectional form of human civilization, known as varnasrama-dharma, is specifically meant for satisfying Visnu. Therefore, Krsna says in this verse, "I am the enjoyer of all sacrifices because I am the supreme master." However, less intelligent persons, without knowing this fact, worship demigods for temporary benefit. Therefore they fall down to material existence and do not achieve the desired goal of life. If, however, anyone has any material desire to be fulfilled, he had better pray for it to the Supreme Lord (although that is not pure devotion), and he will thus achieve the desired result.

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