Sarvadharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja; Aham twaa sarvapaapebhyo mokshayishyaami maa shuchah.
Abandoning all duties, take refuge in Me alone; I will liberate thee from all sins; grieve not.
The secret sermon of Lord Krishna to Arjuna continues in this shloka also. He asks Arjuna to abandon all the activities and take refuge in God alone. In fact, through Arjuna, this message is going to everyone who is seeking salvation. For them, the only way is to get rid of their dharmas and focus only on God and surrender to Him completely. Once a person does that God says that He will liberate that person from all sins. God also tells Arjuna not to think of anything and worry or fear unnecessarily.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Needless to say that this shloka is for a person who has entered the state of “Om tat sat” and is not under the influence of any gunas. Dharma is something that is dearer to a person and he can never abandon it. But a person who has been fulfilling all his dharmas in various gunas and transcends all of them is eligible for abandoning his dharma. It is because the person has to focus only on one thing which is the Almighty Himself. This, in Gita, is known as Karm sannyas, where a person abandons all his karmas. We know that the karma of an individual is linked to his dharma and dharmas are mainly of two types. First is the material dharma and the second is spiritual dharma.
When a person fulfils the desires of his body and mind or senses it is called as material dharma whereas the same person when he fulfils the needs of his soul is called spiritual dharma. Surrendering to God is a part of spiritual dharma and today also am going to take a verse from Srimad Bhagavatham to explain. I quote Volume 11 of Bhagavatham which is about Lord Krishna’s final instructions. In that chapter 11 talks about how a person through the devotional service to God, gets liberated from the bondage. Verse 39 of this chapter talks about what Lakshman tells Bhagwan Sri Ram when the later stops him from accompanying Him to the forests. Lakshman tells Sri Ram that he doesn’t know any teacher or father or mother. Lord Sri Ram is the only saviour for him as well as the master and everything.
This kind of Bhakti is something which is strange between the two brothers. But it should never be seen that way. In this birth, they are brothers because they were born in the same family. But if we see the spiritual or the soul connection, Lakshman is the Shesh nag of Shri Maha Vishnu who takes the avataar of Lord Rama. Thus he considers Lord Sri Ram as his master and everything. Throughout his life, Lakshman was completely devoted to Lord Rama and was serving Him. Thus surrendering and devotion is the only ways to attain moksha after a person enters the higher levels of spirituality.