sthaane hrisheekesha tava prakreertyaa jagatprahrashyatyanurajyate cha |
rakshaamsi bheetaani disho dravanti sarve namasyanti cha sidhhasanghaahaa || 36 ||
Rightly, O Hrisheekesha, the universe is elated and enamoured by your glories. Demons run in all directions out of fear, and the hosts of siddhas bow to you.
sthaane : rightly
hrisheekesha : O Hrisheekesha
tava : your
prakreertyaa : glories
jagat : universe
prahrashyati : elated
anurajyate : enamoured
cha : and
rakshaamsi : demons
bheetaani : out of fear
dishaha : directions
dravanti : run
sarve : all
namasyanti : bow
cha : and
sidhhasanghaahaa : hosts of siddhas
Having understood the workings of Ishvara’s universe, Arjuna responds with the powerful word “sthaane”, which means everything that is going on is right, everything is in its place. As we saw earlier, we tend to question Ishvara every time there is a massive calamity, either at a personal level or at a global level. Or, we sometimes ask Ishvara to let things be a certain way. But when we understand that Ishvara is behind it all, and is orchestrating events for the benefit of the entire universe and not just a subset, we too, are compelled to say “sthaane”, it is all right.
With this knowledge, we now know why people in our world are happy and unhappy at the same time. Those who view the world through Ishvara, those who have the vision of Ishvara, take delight in everything and hence they are happy. But those who view the world through their ego-driven vision fear Ishvara’s destructive process, and then become unhappy. Rakshasaas or demons run in fear, while siddhas or perfected beings salute Ishvara.
Furthermore, Arjuna understands a wonderful technique by which we can gain immense dispassion towards the world. A child drops his attachment to his toys when he becomes an adult and gets attached to something higher than toys, like his career for instance. So when we develop a strong attachment to Ishvara, when we are enamoured, “anurajjyate”, by Ishvara, we automatically drop our worldly attachments. All we need to do is to direct our senses to Hrisheekesha, the master of the senses.
This shloka and the upcoming ten shlokas are one of the most beautiful prayers to Ishvara ever written.