The previous verse brought out that without true knowledge life in this world so
much mixed with sorrow would become a hell. Knowledge of the self will give strength to
bear the cares and sorrows of this life. Sri Sankara proceeds to tell us how to obtain
this true knowledge of the self.
Sing the Gita, and the thousand names of
Continuously Meditate on Lakshmi's Lord;
Turn the mind to the company of the good;
Give away your wealth to the needy.
'He who dwells in the heart of hose who
think of Him ceaselessly - the half of whose body is shared by His consort'-sang
'Meditate without break on the Lord of
Lakshmi' says Sri Sankara. Call Him by whatever name you like--'The Supreme Truth that is
the Mother, 'He half of whose body is Uma,' 'The Lord of Lakshmi,' 'Sree-
pati-all these are names given by devotees to one identical Supreme Being. Do not
get lost in the delusions and irritations of theological disputes, which speak, of Siva
being different from Vishnu, and of Uma being different from Lakshmi.