Understanding Gita – 18

Second episode/adhyaya – Sankhya yoga

TEXT 18

antavanta ime dehā
nityasyoktā śarīria
anāśino ‘prameyasya
tasmād yudhyasva bhārata

SYNONYMS

antavantaperishable; imeall these; dehāmaterial bodies; nityasyaeternal in existence; uktāit is so said; sarīriathe embodied souls; anāśinanever to be destroyed; aprameyasyaimmeasurable; tasmāttherefore; yudhyasvafight; bhārataO descendant of Bharata.

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Even the body of the embodied (soul) who is said to be nitya(eternal), anashina(indestructible), aprameya(ananta/immeasurable) is perishable. Therefore fight, O Bharatha!

Body will perish. It is meant to be perished. You cannot save it how much ever you want. Even though the soul is indestructible, eternal, and immeasurable, the material body is not. Hence fight O Arjuna!

Continuing thought from the previous verses, Sri Krishna is saying Arjuna not to cry over something(body) that is bound to perish.  The soul is not destroyed anyways.

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