Understanding Gita – 24

Second episode/adhyaya – Sankhya yoga

Slokas 26-28

TEXT 26

atha caina nitya-jāta
nitya vā manyase mtam
tathāpi tva mahā-bāho
naina śocitum arhasi

SYNONYMS

athaif, however; caalso; enamthis soul; nityajātamalways born; nityamforever; either; manyaseso think; mtamdead; tathāpistill; tvamyou; mahābāhoO mighty-armed one; nanever; enamabout the soul; śocitumto lament; arhasideserve.

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If however you think that this soul is always born and dies forever, still there is no reason to lament O mighty-armed!!

Till now Sri Krishna explained the characteristics of the soul as how it is forever, unchangeable, etc.. Now he is saying that even if you think that the soul born and dies, still there is no reason to lament. 

Because – 

TEXT 27

jātasya hi dhruvo mtyur
dhruva janma mtasya ca
tasmād aparihārye ‘rthe
na tva śocitum arhasi

SYNONYMS

jātasyaone who has taken his birth; hicertainly; dhruvaa fact; mtyudeath; dhruvamit is also a fact; janmabirth; mtasyaof the dead; caalso; tasmāttherefore; aparihāryefor that which is unavoidable; arthein the matter of; nado not; tvamyou; śocitumto lament; arhasideserve.

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One who has taken birth is sure to die and the one who is dead is sure to be born again. Therefore there is no need to lament over something which is unavoidable.

One who is born has to die someday. It is a fact and nobody can avoid that. One who is dead, has to be born again. So if you think that the soul dies along with the body, then anyway it would’ve died later for some other reason, some other time. So it is not desirable to lament on something which is bound to perish anyway.

It’s like, you bring vegetables and you don’t cut it thinking it’s going to spoil. It’s going to spoil anyway, if not today then tomorrow, so why not make better use of it..

TEXT 28

avyaktādīni bhūtāni
vyakta-madhyāni bhārata
avyakta-nidhanāny eva
tatra kā paridevanā

SYNONYMS

avyaktādīniin the beginning unmanifested; bhūtāniall that are created; vyaktamanifested; madhyāniin the middle; bhārataO descendant of Bharata; avyaktanonmanifested; nidhanāniall that are vanquished; evait is all like that; tatratherefore; -what; paridevanālamentation.

Text Source – “http://prabhupadabooks.com/bg

All that are created are in the beginning un-manifest, in the middle they are manifest, and again un-manifest after death. It is like that, therefore why lamentation?

Anyways we are alive only for a short period of time. Then we will go back to being un-manifest the way we were before birth. Then why lament over which, which has to die anyway.

Going back to my vegetable analogy 😀

Before vegetable, it was un-manifest in the form of a seed. Later also it will be un-manifest. Only in the middle you see vegetable. Then why cry over it.

We don’t cry because nobody cries over a vegetable. It is common sense and we accept it as a fact. But we are not ready to accept the same thing about our life.

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