Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sri Bhagwat Gita: Chapter 2, Verses 18-21
अन्तवन्त इमे देहा नित्यस्योक्ताः शरीरिणः अनाशिनोऽप्रमेयस्य तस्मात्युध्यस्व भारत
एनं वेत्ति हन्तारं यश्चैनं मन्यते हतम् उभौ तौ विजानीतो नायं हन्ति हन्यते
जायते मृयते वा कदाचित्नायं भूत्वा भविता वा भूयः अजो नित्यः शाश्वतोयम्पुराणो हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे
वेदा विनाशिनं नित्यं एनं अजमव्ययं कथं पुरुषः पार्थ कम्घातयति हन्ति कम्


Lord Krishna says, those who believe the soul to be destroy-able or those who believe that the soul is capable of killing others are both ignorant; because the reality of soul is that it’s immortal, perpetual and eternal. The soul can neither kill anyone, nor can it be destroyed by any being.  The human body that you consider as living is only temporary, it is just the outer shell, and the soul that drives it is permanent. 

Lord Krishna addresses Arjun and says the people you are fighting against are already morally and ethically dead due to their bad karmas and poor judgment; you are only doing a formality of physically killing them by holding arms against them. Therefore, hey Arjun, you must at once come out of this perplexity of mind and go for this battle!

Soul is above and beyond the circle of birth and death; its existence can never be reversed and will remain immortal and eternal even if the body that acts as a container for it passes away.
The one who truly understands the permanence and eternity of this soul can never be guilty of or accuse themselves with killing anyone.  That’s why O Partha, how can a person who knows that the soul is indestructible, unborn, eternal and immutable, kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?

Here besides describing the un-destructive quality of soul, lord Krishna is also trying to bring home the point that any karma which is done selflessly, with the purity of soul and for the righteous cannot be judged as wrong or sinful.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sri Bhagwat Gita: Chapter 2, Verses 16-17

नासतो विद्यते भावो भावो विद्यते सतः उभयोरपि दृष्टॊऽन्तस्त्वनयो तत्वदर्शिभिः
Here Lord Krishna is explaining the basic difference between ‘Satya’ and ‘Asatya’, the ‘Truth’ and ‘Deception’ that surrounds this human life. Lord Krishna says deception or illusion (also known as Lie) is devoid of all feelings. It is constantly shifting in nature; it changes from one state to another and never settles for one definition. The deception can never rule on anything since it lacks stability and is constantly fluctuating. The deception is creation of our imagination of something that does not exist.

Truth, on the contrary, is never changing and never altering from its all-pervasive state. It never ceases to exist, is omnipresent, is never in scarcity and reverberates with feelings.  Truth continues to exist in all times, and the deception is never tough enough to exist beyond its transitory life span.

In this life, the human body, the relationships, the progress, the society are all examples of constantly changing things hence belong to the category of deception and lie by their very nature. On the other hand air, water, nature, fragrance, one-ness with God, one-ness with soul, are not subject to change and represents truth. They are not subject to death! Hence we should move away from the deception and illusion and stay connected with the truth.

अविनाशि तु तत्विद्धि येन सर्वमिदं ततम् विनाशमव्ययस्यास्य कश्चित्कर्तुमर्हति

One should acknowledge and feel the presence of immortal element, the immortal energy due to which this world gains its existence. No one is ever capable or strong enough to destroy it. All things which are connected to almighty with a sense of truth and purity will continue to exist. And all things which are connected to the mortal and illusive aspect of life such as greed, lust, wants, desires, anger will be destroyed sooner or later. We should seek abode with the one who is immortal and not in the mortal and short lived pleasures of this life, which are a mere delusion.

Om Shri Guruve Namah!