Manmanaa bhava madbhakto madyaajee maam namaskuru; Maamevaishyasi satyam te pratijaane priyo’si me.
Fix thy mind on Me, be devoted to Me, sacrifice to Me, bow down to Me. Thou shalt come even to Me; truly do I promise unto thee, thou art dear to Me.
This shloka begins with what Lord Krishna wanted to tell Arjuna which is the secret for attaining the salvation. What is being told here applies to an individual who crosses the Tamasic, Rajasic and Sattwik stages and comes into the abode of Brahman. There, what he needs to do is what is being told by Lord Krishna. He tells Arjuna to fix his mind on Him, orient all the sacrifices onto Him, bow down to Him completely. Lord says that this is the only way a person can come to Him. And He also says that it is a promise that He is making to His devotees that whoever worships Him this way He is dearer to all of them.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
It might sound bit strange as to why God has to promise to someone that He will bestow them with salvation. One has to understand that God loves those who love Him truly, and that can come only with Bhakti or Devotion. I am not saying that those who praise God will become close to God, but what am saying is someone who has placed God in every inch and every moment and every activity of himself becomes dearer to Him. He worships God not because he wants something from God, but because other than God he cannot see anything else. That is Bhakti. Bhakti is a feeling of attachment that comes from deep inside.
Today, I would take the example of Sant Tukaram, who worshiped Lord Vitthal or an avatara of Lord Vishnu and spend his entire life singing the praises of Lord Vitthal. He lost his first wife and his child to famine but that also didnt deter him from his love for Lord Vishnu. He then got married again but both his wife and him spent the entire life in the Bhakti of Lord Vitthal. Here is one from him in the praise of the Lord “ఘనాఘన సుందరా… కరుణా రసమందిరా…. అది పిలుపో మేలుకొలుపో నీ పిలుపో మేలుకొలుపో, అది మధుర మధుర మధురమౌ ఓంకారమౌ…..పాండురంగ పాండురంగ.