Ä«je 'thÄcÄryavÄn makhaiá¸¥
ÅrÄ«-Åukaá¸¥ uvÄca - ÅrÄ« Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« said; bhagavÄn - the Supreme Personality of Godhead; ÄtmanÄ - by Himself; ÄtmÄnam - Himself; rÄmaá¸¥ - Lord RÄmacandra; uttama-kalpakaiá¸¥ - with very opulent paraphernalia; sarva-deva-mayam - the heart and soul of all the demigods; devam - the Supreme Lord Himself; Ä«je - worshiped; atha - thus; ÄcÄryavÄn - under the guidance of an ÄcÄrya; makhaiá¸¥ - by performing sacrifices.
SarvÄrhaá¹am acyutejyÄ. If Acyuta, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is worshiped, then everyone is worshiped. As stated in ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam (4.31.14):
yathÄ taror mÅ«la-niá¹£ecanena
prÄá¹opahÄrÄc ca yathendriyÄá¹Äá¹
tathaiva sarvÄrhaá¹am acyutejyÄ
âAs pouring water on the root of a tree nourishes the trunk, branches, twigs and leaves, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the senses and limbs of the body, worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead satisfies the demigods, who are part of that Supreme Personality.â Performing yajÃ±a involves worshiping the Supreme Lord. Here the Supreme Lord worshiped the Supreme Lord. Therefore it is said, bhagavÄn ÄtmanÄtmÄnam Ä«je: the Lord worshiped Himself by Himself. This does not, of course, justify the MÄyÄvÄda philosophy, by which one thinks himself the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The jÄ«va, the living entity, is always different from the Supreme Lord. The living entities (vibhinnÄá¹Åa) never become one with the Lord, although MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s sometimes imitate the Lordâs worship of Himself. Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a meditated upon Himself every morning as a gá¹hastha, and similarly Lord RÄmacandra performed yajÃ±as to satisfy Himself, but this does not mean that an ordinary living being should imitate the Lord by accepting the process of ahaá¹ grahopÄsanÄ. Such unauthorized worship is not recommended herein.