भूय एव महाबाहो शृणु मे परमं वच: |
यत्तेऽहं प्रीयमाणाय वक्ष्यामि हितकाम्यया || 1||
śhrī bhagavān uvācha
bhūya eva mahā-bāho śhṛiṇu me paramaṁ vachaḥ
yatte ’haṁ prīyamāṇāya vakṣhyāmi hita-kāmyayā
śhrī-bhagavān uvācha—the Lord said; bhūyaḥ—again; eva—verily; mahā-bāho—mighty armed one; śhṛiṇu—hear; me—my; paramam—divine; vachaḥ—teachings; yat—which; te—to you; aham—I; prīyamāṇāya—you are my beloved confidant; vakṣhyāmi—say; hita-kāmyayā—desiring your welfare
The Lord said: Once more, Ο mighty Arjuna, listen to My supreme word, which I, from a desire for your welfare, will impart to you, to your great delight.
The Lord was pleased to find that Arjuna, like a true disciple, was diligently listening to His words, most delighted with the teaching of the Divine Master. So the Lord proceeds to declare more and more of his divine power even before he asks for it. Such would be the love of the Master of a true disciple. As the Master finds the disciple in a receptive mood, full of faith and diligence, he reveals more of the Royal Secret out of the fulness of His heart. That is why the Lord says “delighting in my words” (“Priyamanaya’), referring to Arjuna’s absorption in His teaching. Arjuna’s doubt and grief were disappearing fast as the Lord continued to speak. The Lord knew it. So he speaks with a mightier accent and reveals more of His Divine Yoga. Again (Bhuyah) the Lord repeats and emphasises His universality and the hearer understands it, thinks of it and meditates on it. Repeated hearing of the Truth, constant thinking of it, and continuous meditation on it – this is the only way to absorb the Truth and make it one’s own. Vivekananda says: “This Atman is first to be heard of. Hear day and night that you are that Soul. Repeat it to yourself day and night till it enters into your very veins, till it tingles in every drop of blood, till it is in your flesh and bone.” Such should be the immovable firmness of conviction in the Divine Truth. So the Lord repeats, expounds, declares, and proclaims His Divine Glory.
The Lord wishes to do good to His disciple. What is the greatest good that man can obtain? Not certainly wealth and enjoyments, but Knowledge of Paramatma, by which man realises his blissful and blessed Self.
Paramam vachah: The Lord’s teaching is wonderful for it removes the veil of ignorance, dispels all darkness from the human heart. Let mankind hear the Lord’s Supreme word.
Question: How is the Lord’s word?
Answer: It is Supreme.
Question: Why does the Lord repeat what He has already said?
Answer: To do good to Arjuna who was delighting in the Lord’s teaching.
Question: What is the greatest good?
Answer: Knowledge of the Supreme.