The underlying essential truths of all great world scriptures can find common amity in the infinite wisdom of Gita’s mere 700 concise verses. But one’s happiness or sorrow does not end till one wakes up. He is overwhelmed with material pity toward his enemies gathered for battle. The inevitability of death and indestructibility of the soul, however, do not and cannot justify lawful but unnecessary killing of any creature, unjust war, or even suicide. The wise always keep vigilance over the mind. Therefore, KarmaYoga or selfless service may not be very conducive to the material progress of the individual or society. The Sanskrit word ‘Nirvana’ in Buddhism is thought to be the cessation of worldly desires and ego. A Self-realized person enjoys the beauty of the world, keeping the senses under complete control like a tortoise. The word ‘Atma’ has been also used in the ‘Gita’ for the lower self (body, mind, and senses), psyche, intellect, soul, spirit, subtle senses, oneself, ego, heart, human beings, Eternal Being (Brahma), Absolute Truth, individual soul, and the supersoul or the supreme Self, depending on the context. Those who work only to enjoy the fruits of their labor are unhappy (because one has no control over the results). Success in any undertaking becomes easier if one works hard without being bothered by the outcome. Just as in a deam a king becomes beggar, or a pauper becomes king of heaven, yet on waking one does not gain or loose anything, so must one look upon this world. Life is continuous and endless. BG 2.1: Sanjay said: Seeing Arjun overwhelmed with pity, his mind grief-stricken, and his eyes full of tears, … Commentary: To describe Arjun’s feelings, Sanjay uses the word kṛipayā , meaning pity or compassion. No one can perform action without expecting some result. no one can destroy the imperishable Spirit. Any practical technique of understanding the Supreme Reality and uniting with Him is called spiritual practice, or yoga. When the desire for happiness disappears, so does the sorrow. (2.05), We do not know which alternative---to fight or to quit---is better for us. Bhagavad Gita in English Monday, August 17, 2020. To share feedback or volunteer for this project, write to : "d i v a k a r (at) jkyog (dot) in", © 2014, Bhagavad Gita - The Song of God, by Swami Mukundananda. Ascetics keep awake or detached in the night of mundane existence of life because they are in quest of the highest truth. NOTE: The Self (or Atma) is also called soul or consciousness and is the source of life and the cosmic power behind the body-mind complex. There would be no opportunities if there were no problems. It is unborn, eternal, permanent, and primeval. Material compassion is a noble sentiment that is not perfectly directed. (2.54) The answers to all of the above questions are given by Lord Krishna in verses 2.55-59 of this chapter. (2.25), In the previous verses Krishna asked us not to worry about the indestructible spirit. It has 18 chapters with 700 verses. It is getting out of body-consciousness and attaining a state of Self-consciousness. In trance, or the superconscious state of mind, the confusion arising from conflicting views ceases, and mental equipoise is attained. (2.41), The ignorant ones who delight in the melodious chanting of the Vedas---without understanding the real purpose of the Vedas---think, O Arjuna, there is nothing else in the Vedas except the rituals for the sole purpose of obtaining heavenly enjoyment. A person is called an enlightened sage of steady intellect whose mind is unperturbed by adversity, who does not crave pleasures, and who is completely free from attachment, fear, and anger. The Supreme Being is the ultimate Reality and truth, knowledge and consciousness, and is limitless and blissful (TaU 2.01.01). Unauthorized copy, reproduction, distribution and/or transmission is strictly prohibited. Scriptures become dispensable after enlightenment. It takes two to play a game. Bhagavad Gita - The Song of God, by Swami Mukundananda. After Self-awareness, one finds God alone has become everything. The desire for fruit takes one to the dark alley of sin and prevents one’s real growth. NOTE: 'Dharma' may be defined as the eternal law governing, upholding, and supporting creation and the world order. A person without control over the mind and senses drifts like a ship without its rudder, becomes a reactor instead of an actor, and develops negative Karma. A KarmaYogi has resolute determination for God-realization only, but the desires of one who works to enjoy the fruits of work are endless. (2.33), People will talk about your disgrace for a long time. (2.64). The poem is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna, the brother of King Yudhisthira, and Vishnu , the Supreme God, incarnated as Krishna , and wearing the disguise of a charioteer. Those who have tasted the nectar of unity with the Supreme Being no longer find enjoyment in the lower-level sensual pleasures. We have used the English words: Self, Spirit, spirit, soul, or individual soul interchangeably for different aspects of Atma (or Sat). Never relax your vigilance until the final goal of God-realization is reached. MARKS OF A SELF-REALIZED PERSON Lord Krishna said: When one is completely free from all desires of the mind and is satisfied with the bliss of knowing the Supreme Being, then one is called an enlightened person, O Arjuna. Only then will you be able to collect its spiritual pearls and comprehend its infinitely profound and subtle teachings. They are regarded as a heavenly ship (RV 10.63.10) and criticized as a frail raft (MuU 1.2.07). The desire for sensual pleasure becomes dormant when one abstains from sense enjoyment, or incurs physical limitations imposed by disease or old age. The subtle craving lurks like a robber ready to rob the striver at the appropriate opportunity, as explained below: Restless senses, O Arjuna, forcibly carry away the mind of even a wise person striving for perfection. 2. It does not come into being nor cease to exist. The fruits of vice and virtue grow only on the tree of selfishness, not on the tree of selfless service. The fire will go out if no more wood is added to it (MB 12.17.05). Ved Vyas is just the writer of Bhagavad Gita. (2.09), O King, Lord Krishna, as if smiling, spoke these words to the distressed Arjuna in the midst of the two armies. Gaining this state, even at the end of one’s life, a person attains the very goal of human life by becoming one with God. One has to discover this fact personally in life. (2.22). In Vedic culture, gurus, the elderly, honorable personalities, and all other superiors are to be respected. The unreal (Asat, body, creation) has a temporary (or Mithya) existence and the real (Sat, Atma) always exists. Everything is His manifestation. It is not a joyous ferryboat ride, but a very difficult path to tread like the sharp edge of a sword. Therefore, get up with a determination to fight, O Arjuna. (2.55). Maya comes in between Brahman and the world. The topics of the Bhagavad-Gita are as follows: 1. Bhagavad Gita contains spiritual gems of incalculable value. These translations have been done with an aim to bring about the core message of Gita. The gates of heaven open wide for those who stand up to vindicate justice and righteousness (Dharma). KarmaYoga purifies the mind and is a very powerful and easy spiritual discipline that one can practice while living and working in society. The Spirit is not destroyed when the body is destroyed. (2.45), To the enlightened person, who has realized the true nature of the Self within, the Vedas become as useful as a small reservoir of water when the water of a huge lake becomes available. Further, we do not know whether we will conquer them or they will conquer us. A question may arise: Should one lament the death of (the destructible body of) our near and dear ones at all? (2.56), The mind and intellect become steady in a person who is not attached to anything (but Self), who is neither elated by getting desired results nor perturbed by undesired results. (2.01), Lord Krishna said: How has the dejection come to you at this juncture? This is not fit for a person of noble mind and deeds. Destiny is born out of crisis. It is disgraceful, and it does not lead one to heaven, O Arjuna. Sow the seed of hope in the soil of sorrow. It also means way of life, doctrine, principle, prescribed duty, righteousness, right action, integrity, ideal conduct, custom, virtue, nature, essential quality, commandments, moral principles, spiritual truth, spirituality, spiritual values, and a function within the scriptural injunction or religion. Chapter Links to Complete Bhagavadgita Translations are available at the end of this page . This compassion is of two kinds. It is both the source and the sink of energy in one. steadfast, One develops attachment to sense objects by thinking about sense objects. Those who have greatly esteemed you will lose respect for you. One should first replace the lower desires with higher desires and then renounce the highest desires also and become absolutely free. It is the uniting of the individual soul with the Supersoul. While most people sleep and make dream plans in the night of the illusory world, a yogi keeps awake because he or she is detached from the world while living in it. (2.44). Mother Sarda said: It is the very nature of the mind to go to lower objects of enjoyment, just as it is the nature of water to flow downwards. Generally, it is thought that one works harder when one is deeply interested in, or attached to, the fruits of work. (2.17), The physical bodies of the eternal, immutable, and incomprehensible Spirit are mortal. It is like trying to extinguish a fire with gasoline. The Vedic scriptures are very clear on this point in regard to killing human beings or any other living entity. Questions of the pleasure of success or the pain of failure do not arise because a KarmaYogi is always on the path of service without waiting to enjoy the fruit or even the flower of work. Peace, composure, and freedom from Karmic bondage await those who work for a noble cause with a spirit of detachment and do not seek any personal reward or recognition. Do your duty in life---to the best of your ability---as God’s personal servant without any regard for the personal enjoyment of the fruits of your work. (2.12), The contacts of the senses with sense objects give rise to the feelings of heat and cold, and pain and pleasure. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable death. One should not lament the death of anybody at all. Nothing can hurt one if the mind can be trained to with stand the impulse of the pairs of opposites---joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures, loss and gain. One should not get discouraged by failures, but carry on with determination. O Arjuna, this is the superconscious state of mind. (2.26-27). The mind is like an unruly horse that needs to be broken in. Bhagavad Gita, also known as the Gita - "The Song of God" is a practical guide to one's life that guides one to re-organise their life, achieve inner peace and approach the Supreme (the Ultimate Reality). Read Summary of Chapter 11 of Bhagavad Gita. When one has no desire for the pleasure of victory, one is not affected by the pain of defeat. Fear of failure, caused by being emotionally attached to the fruits of work, is the greatest impediment to success because it robs efficiency by constantly disturbing equanimity of mind. The Bhagavad Gita | Chapter 2 : The Practice of Yoga | Summary. Chapter 2 - Curiosity About Action The Second Chapter, in the Upanishad of the Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta, on the Knowledge of the Supreme Spirit, the Science of Yog, is the Dialogue between Krishn and Arjun, entitled: “Karm-Jigyasa,’’ or “Curiosity About Action.’’ He is sporting in various forms. Even the joy of going to heaven is followed by the sorrow of coming back to the earth; therefore, worldly objects should not be the main goal of human life. Therefore, one should learn to endure them bravely. The giver of bliss is nothing but the bliss itself like the giver of wealth must have wealth. The wise, who know that the body is mortal and the Spirit is immortal, have nothing to moan about (KaU 2.22). Fools rejoice in prosperity and mourn in adversity, but a KarmaYogi remains tranquil under all circumstances (TR 2.149.03-04). The Bhagavad Gita - In the Light of Sri Aurobindo. (2.66), The mind, when controlled by the roving senses, steals away the intellect as a storm takes away a boat on the sea from its destination---the spiritual shore of peace and happiness. By doing your duty this way, you will not incur any sin. The scripture says: One should not commit violence towards anyone. (2.46). Scriptures, such as the Vedas, are necessary means, but not the end. The human body and the universe both have a temporary existence, but appear permanent at first sight. To describe Arjun’s feelings, Sanjay uses the word kṛipayā, meaning pity or compassion. But he cannot expect a harvest if he does not work his land. Such is the delusive power of Maya! This is the most important chapter of the Bhagavad Gita as Lord Krishna condenses the teachings of the entire Gita in this chapter. The wise work for all of society, whereas the ignorant work only for themselves or their children and grandchildren. (2.03), Arjuna said: How shall I strike my grandfather, my guru, and all other relatives---who are worthy of my respect---with arrows in battle, O Krishna? Arjuna said: O Krishna, what are the marks of an enlightened person whose intellect is steady? Some say that the all-pervading Supersoul is the causal body who is conducting everything and remains compassionately detached. If one chooses material pleasures, it is like giving up nectar and choosing poison instead. Summary Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 26-30, it is said that the soul does not die even when the body is lost (death), because God lives with it in invisible form. The universe is a playground designed by God for the living entities. When a person learns to control or withdraw the senses from sense objects, as a tortoise retracts its limbs inside its shell in time of danger and cannot be forced to extend its limbs again until the trouble is over, the lamp of Self-knowledge becomes lighted, and one perceives the self-effulgent Supreme Being within (MB 12.174.51). (2.67). A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. The word ‘Salvation’ in Christianity means deliverance from the power and penalty of sin. One attains peace when all desires dissipate within the mind without creating any mental disturbance, just as river waters enter the full ocean without creating any disturbance. Work done with selfish motives is inferior by far to selfless service. The welfare of the individual lies in the welfare of society. Self-realization is to know one’s relationship with the Supreme Lord and His true transcendental nature. Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 2 - Verse 1. Introduction – There are 47 verses in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1.Out of these only 2 verses (1:24-25) have been said by Shri Krishna. (2.38). (2.04). One falls down from the right path when reasoning is destroyed. Introduction. Dharma and selfishness cannot stay together. Both negative and positive experiences are needed for our growth and spiritual development. The promise of material benefits of Vedic rituals is like the promise of candy to a child by the mother to induce him or her to take the medicine of detachment from the material life; it is necessary in most instances. People may pray and meditate anytime, anywhere, without any ritual. I do not perceive that gaining an unrivaled and prosperous kingdom on this earth, or even lordship over all the celestial controllers, will remove the sorrow that is drying up my senses. (2.31), Only the fortunate warriors, O Arjuna, get such an opportunity for a righteous war against evil that is like an open door to heaven. Dedication. One should not be confused because different methods are not meant to confuse, but one should choose wisely. (2.36), You will go to heaven if killed in the line of duty, or you will enjoy the kingdom on the earth if victorious. Rise above these three modes, be ever Self-conscious and free from the tyranny of pairs of opposites. You are entitled to perform your respective duty only, but have no control or claim over the results. I am Your disciple, and I take refuge in You. This is called Prasada Buddhi, BuddhiYoga, KarmaYoga and surrendering to His Will. The highest philosophy of pure monism is the topmost rung of the ladder. The mind can never be fully trusted. Thus, salvation is equivalent to the Sanskrit word ‘Mukti’ in Hinduism---the final emancipation of the living entity from transmigration. Bhagavad Gita in English – Chapter 2 lyrics. The mind is bewildered by delusion. (2.65), There is neither Self-knowledge nor Self-perception for those who are not united with the Supreme. Sorrow is only a prelude to happiness and vice versa. (2.07). Bhagavad-gita —accepted as it is—is a great boon to humanity; but if it is accepted as a treatise of philosophical speculations, it is simply a … You will have to dive deep into its depths with a sincere attitude of reverence and faith. (2.18), The Spirit is neither born, nor does it die at any time. One is considered awake when one is free from worldly desires (TR 2.92.02). ll that one can see or hear or imagine are rooted in ignorance, nothing exists in reality. The reader will find here: TEXT OF THE GĪTĀ prepared verse by verse: in analysis – the verse rendered into a prose according to the Sanskrit syntax, detailed analysis of each word and textual variants from different manuscripts; One’s agony is reduced a little by speaking of it to a trusted friend. Not to oppose an evil is to indirectly support it. To the honorable, dishonor is worse than death. Atma is also called ‘Jivatma’ or ‘Jiva’, which is the ultimate source of all individual selves. The Science of the Living Entity 3. Death is the separation of the subtle body from the physical body. Such persons enjoy the joy of selfless service that ultimately leads them to the bliss of salvation. The phenomenal world cannot exist without the pairs of opposites. It is better to die for a right cause and acquire the grace of sacrifice than to die an ordinary but compulsory death. Therefore, as a warrior, you must fight, O Arjuna. (2.06), Arjuna was unable to decide what to do. We should not even wish to live after killing our cousin brothers who are standing in front of us. (2.50). Pain and pleasure, birth and death, loss and gain, union and separation are inevitable, being under the control of one’s past deeds or Karma, like the coming of day and night. Neither pain nor pleasure last forever. It is said that expert guidance of a guru, the spiritual counselor, should be sought during a moment of crisis or to overcome the perplexities of life. KarmaYogis are freed from the bondage of rebirth due to renouncing (attachment to) the fruits of all work, and they attain a blissful divine state of salvation or Nirvana. One is the divine compassion that God and the saints feel toward the souls in the material realm, on seeing their suffering in separation to God. Therefore, be a selfless worker, O Arjuna. The Bhagavad Gita is a unique book for all ages. Thus nothing is really real in the creation. Lamentation is due to attachment, and attachment binds the individual soul to the wheel of transmigration. Thus, all those who supported Kauravas were basically aggressors and deserved to be eliminated. BG 2.1: (2.30), Considering also your duty as a warrior, you should not waver because there is nothing more auspicious for a warrior than a righteous war. Death is not the end of the journey of the living entity. Reflecting like this, one must learn to tolerate the blows of time with patience and learn not only to endure, but also to expect, welcome, and enjoy both the joys as well as the sorrows of life. The life of an ascetic is entirely different from the life of a materialistic person. It is said that the highest freedom is the freedom from becoming free. Change is the law of nature---change from summer to winter, from spring to fall, from the light of the full moon to the darkness of the new moon. God helps the valiant who adhere to morality. They engage in specific rites for the sake of material prosperity and enjoyment. Sanjay said: Seeing Arjun overwhelmed with pity, his mind grief-stricken, and his eyes full of tears, Shree Krishna spoke the following words. Ony Jnana can remove this delusion. Peace is born in the womb of war. Commentaries of the Four Authorized Vaisnava Sampradayas as confirmed in the Garga Samhita Canto 10, Chapter 61, Verses 23, 24, 25, 26 (2.14), Because a calm person---who is not afflicted by these sense objects and is steady in pain and pleasure---becomes fit for salvation. Such a wide choice of methods does not exist in any other system, religion, or way or life. The vast majority cannot comprehend it. Whatever knowledge one finds in similar books such as the Dhammapada, the Bible, the Torah, the Koran etc. A person should work without any motive as a matter of duty for a greater cause of helping humanity rather than just helping oneself, one's children, or a few individuals. Inevitable death is not the end of life; it is only an end of a perishable, physical body. The individual soul becomes blissful and filled with joy after knowing God. Two types of people are happy in this world: those who are completely ignorant and those who are truly wise. It is like being obsessed with the health of the car while the driver sitting within is famished for food. It is also called the Unified Field, Supreme Spirit, Divine Person, and Total Consciousness that is responsible for the sense perceptions in all living beings by functioning through mind and intellect. No one can destroy the imperishable Spirit. People’s temperaments are different due to differences in their stages of spiritual development and understanding. (Spirit or Atma is beyond time and space.) BHAGAVAD-GITA 2.13 dehino 'smin yathä dehe kaumäraà yauvanaà jarä tathä dehäntara-präptir dhéras tatra na muhyati TRANSLATION As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. Rituals create a holy and blissful atmosphere. The selfless action is also called Seva, KarmaYoga, sacrifice, yoga of work, science of proper action, and yoga of equanimity. Trying to fulfill material desires is like adding more wood to the fire. ... Advanced Chapter view: 1 - toggle verse-text in advanced view 2 - toggle synonyms in advanced view 3 - toggle translation in advanced view 4 - toggle purport in advanced view j - scroll to next verse The main characters in Bhagavad Gita … (2.72). To satisfy a desire is like drinking salt water that will never quench thirst, but will increase it. One should not fight or even joke or speak sarcastically with superiors, even if they hurt you. Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 1 (Part-2) - Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2 (Part-1) Saankhya Yogah- Yoga Of Knowledge Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2 (Part-2) Saankhya Yogah- … Like, after casting off worn-out clothes, new clothes are worn, consider this body as same. The fact that Arjun is overcome by grief and despair shows that he is himself in dire need of compassion. It is the eternal relationship between the creator and His creatures. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 in English: View In » English / Sanskrit / Hindi / Telugu / Tamil / Kannada / Malayalam / Gujarati / Bengali / Oriya: Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Lyrics PDF - Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Spiritual & Devotional Scriptures in English | Hindu Devotional and Spiritual Literature in Our physical body is subject to birth, growth, maturity, reproduction, decay, and death; whereas the Self is eternal, indestructible, pure, unique, all knower, substratum, unchangeable, self-luminous, the cause of all causes, all pervading, unaffectable, immutable, and inexplicable. The answers to all of the above questions are given by Lord Krishna in verses 2.55-59 of this chapter. Therefore, discipline, constant vigilance, and sincere spiritual practice are needed. (2.08), Sanjaya said: O King, after speaking like this to Lord Krishna, the mighty Arjuna said to Krishna: I shall not fight, and became silent. Working to the best of one’s abilities without becoming attached to the fruits of work is called KarmaYoga or Seva. Equanimity and spiritual progress result from selfless service, whereas work with selfish motives create the bonds of Karma as well as great disappointments. Mind which is the other name of Maya creates this phenomenal world of illusion out of Brahman. A valiant person must fight with the spirit of a warrior---with a will and determination for victory---and without any compromise with the forces of evil and difficulties. As we saw in the previous blog, Pramanams are the ways to find the truth or establish the truth. Therefore, different schools of thought are necessary to suit different individuals, as well as the same individual as he or she grows and develops. Stress is produced when fruit or goal becomes more important than the work itself due to ego. It is eternal, all-pervading, changeless, immovable, and primeval. Never let the mind roam unwatched into the realm of sensuality. Sin in Hinduism is nothing but the Karmic bondage responsible for transmigration. Cessation of pain brings pleasure and cessation of pleasure results in pain. Dexterity or skillfulness in work lies in not getting bound by the bonds of one’s Karma or worldly duty. It can mislead even a wise striving seeker (BP 5.06.02-05). Everything, except Atma, is considered second order of Reality, Asat (Mithya), changeable or unreal. (2.20), O Arjuna, how can a person---who knows that the Spirit is indestructible, eternal, unborn, and immutable---kill anyone or cause anyone to be killed? Ramakrishna said: “One should learn from the scriptures that God alone is real and the world is illusory.” A beginner should know that only God is eternal and everything else is temporal. (2.42), They are dominated by material desires and consider the attainment of heaven as the highest goal of life. But in Srimad Bhagavad Gita one will find knowledge that is not present anywhere else. (2.10). The righteous war is not a religious war against the followers of other religions. A scripture is like a finite pond that derives its water from the infinite ocean of Truth. Know that Spirit (Atma) by which this entire universe is pervaded is indeed indestructible. (2.15). A brief intro. Now listen to the science of God-dedicated, selfless action (Seva, KarmaYoga), endowed with which you will free yourself from Karmic bondage, or sin. KarmaYoga is defined as doing one’s duty while maintaining equanimity under all circumstances. The word ‘yoga’ has also been defined in the following verses of the Gita: 2.50, 2.53, 6.04, 6.08, 6.19, 6.23, 6.29, 6.31, 6.32, and 6.47. They are transitory and impermanent. Bhagavad Gita summarises these thoughts in eighteen chapters. A portion of the Vedas deals with three modes---goodness, passion, and ignorance---of material Nature. Rituals must be changed with time and backed up by devotion and good deeds. Sanjaya said: Shri Krishna then spoke the following words to Arjuna whose heart was overwhelmed with pity and whose eyes were filled with tears. and now the last leg of Samkya philosophy which is called Triguna. Just as a caterpillar takes hold of another object before leaving an object, similarly the living entity (or soul) obtains a new body before or after leaving the old one (BrU 4.4.03). We have seen so far the . Start your day with a nugget of timeless inspiring wisdom from the Holy Bhagavad Gita delivered straight to your email! Scriptures are meant to lead and guide us on the spiritual path. Krishna responds to Arjuna by arguing that such timidity at this moment is "unworthy of a noble mind." (2.53) Non-scriptural reading or reading of different philosophical writings is bound to create confusion. Bhagavad Gita in English (18) Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1: Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2: Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3: Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 (See also KaU 2.07) (2.29), O Arjuna, the Spirit that dwells in the body of all beings is eternally indestructible. Einstein said: Opportunity lies in the middle of difficulties. The desire for sensual pleasures fades away if one abstains from sense enjoyment, but the craving for sense enjoyment remains in a very subtle form. R E L A T E D. Do not panic unnecessarily – Spiritual Quote from Bhagvad Gita; Bhagavad Gita, a practical code to man’s life; Gita is God’s recipe to remove grief; One cannot see one’s face in a pot of water that is disturbed by the wind, similarly one is unable to realize one’s true Self when the mind and senses remain perturbed by the winds of material desires (MB 12.204.03). This subtle craving also completely disappears from one who knows the Supreme Being. It is the only scripture that can be called the word of God in person. People meet and depart in this world as two pieces of wood flowing down the river come together and then separate from each other (MB 12.174.15). When your mind, which is confused by hearing conflicting opinions and doctrines, shall stay steady and firm on the Supreme Being, then you shall become united with God in deep meditation. Remain tranquil and unconcerned with the thoughts of acquisition and preservation of material objects. (2.40). (See also 2.48, 6.03, 10.10, and 18.57) (2.49), A KarmaYogi or the selfless person becomes free from both vice and virtue in this life itself. The game cannot continue if the pairs of opposites are altogether eliminated. The human mind is ever ready to deceive and play tricks. (See also 18.66). BHAGAVAD-GITA 2.14 Please tell me what is better for me. Therefore, O Arjuna, one’s intellect becomes steady when the senses are completely withdrawn from sense objects. 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