Understanding Gita – 22

Second episode/adhyaya – Sankhya yoga


vāsāsi jīrāni yathā vihāya
navāni ghāti naro ‘parāi
tathā śarīrāi vihāya jīrāny
anyāni sayāti navāni dehī


vāsāsigarments; jīrāniold and worn out; yathāas it is; vihāyagiving up; navāninew garments; ghātidoes accept; naraa man; aparāiother; tathāin the same way; śarīrāibodies; vihāyagiving up; jīrāniold and useless; anyānidifferent; sayātiverily accepts; navāninew sets; dehīthe embodied.

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As a man discards old and worn out garments to accept new garments, similarly the embodied discards the old and worn out bodies to accept a new body.

I read in one of Sri Sri RaviShankar’s discourse that there is no use in committing suicide as it is equivalent to throwing away your jacket when you are feeling cold. So you need this body to experience the fruits of your karma, if you discard it, then you need a new one to finish up your karma balance. Both places body is described akin to a garment. 

Once the body is old and worn out, you discard this body and accept a new one according to your karma.     

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