Chapter 9: The Most Confidential Knowledge
aham hi sarva-yajnanam
bhokta ca prabhur eva ca
na tu mam abhijananti
tattvenatas cyavanti te
aham—I; hi—surely; sarva—of all; yajïänäm—sacrifices; bhoktä—enjoyer; ca—and; prabhuù—Lord; eva—also; ca—and; na—not; tu—but; mäm—Me; abhijänanti—know; tattvena—in reality; ataù—therefore; cyavanti—fall down; te—they.
I am the only enjoyer and the only object of sacrifice. Those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down.
Here it is clearly stated that there are many types of yajïa performances recommended in the Vedic literatures, but actually all of them are meant for satisfying the Supreme Lord. Yajïa means Viñëu. In the Second Chapter of Bhagavad-gétä it is clearly stated that one should only work for satisfying Yajïa or Viñëu. The perfectional form of human civilization, known as varëäçrama-dharma, is specifically meant for satisfying Viñëu. Therefore, Kåñëa 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.