Verses from Srimad Bhagavad Gita

om ajnana-timirandhasya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah

I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him.

Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, on spiritual knowledge. Arjuna, the great warrior, on seeing his relatives, gurus, and respected elders arrayed in the opposing army, feels mentally incapable of fighting against them; and decides it is better to die unarmed rather than fighting such persons. At this juncture, Krishna imparts the divine spiritual knowledge to the distraught Arjuna.

Here are verses from Chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita, addressed by Krishna to Arjuna. These are from Srila Praphupada’s writings. The verses of the Bhagavad Gita are available here.

Note: Verses [14, 15, 16, 17, 18] are below. Verses [19, 20, 21] are here, and [22, 23, 24] are here.

[14] O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

[15] O best among men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.

[16] Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent there is no endurance, and of the existent there is no cessation. This, the seers have concluded by studying the nature of both.

[17] Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.

[18] Only the material body of the indestructible, immeasurable and eternal living entity is subject to destruction; therefore, fight, O descendant of Bharata (i.e. Arjuna).

Here are the Sanskrit verses.

[14] matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
agamapayino ‘nityas
tams titiksasva bharata

[15] yam hi na vyathayanty ete
purusam purusarsabha
sama-duhkha-sukham dhiram
so ‘mrtatvaya kalpate

[16] nasato vidyate bhavo
nabhavo vidyate satah
ubhayor api drsto ‘ntas
tv anayos tattva-darsibhih

[17] avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasyasya
na kascit kartum arhati

[18] antavanta ime deha
nityasyoktah saririnah
anasino ‘prameyasya
tasmad yudhyasva bharata












5 Responses to Verses from Srimad Bhagavad Gita

  1. Sharadh says:

    I’ll add a few more verses (probably you intend to post them later).

    [19] Neither he who thinks the living entity the slayer nor he who thinks it is slain is in knowledge; for the self slays not nor is slain.

    [20] For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, everlasting and the oldest. He is not slain when the body is slain.

    [21] How can a person who knows that the soul is indestructible, eternal, unborn and immutable kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?

    [22] As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly puts on new bodies, giving up the worn-out bodies.

    [23] The soul can never be cut to pieces by weapons, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, and nor dried by the wind.

    [24] This [soul] is unbreakable, insoluble, cannot be dried, and un-burnable. It is everlasting, all-pervading, unchanging, immovable, and eternal.

  2. Sharadh says:

    Please don’t take any offense if I have undone your work, but all these eleven verses must be mentioned together.

  3. tkramesh says:

    Hi da, Great that you mentioned this. I did not know that all eleven need to be mentioned. i’ll put these ones too in the next post. Thanks da.

    Also, your blog is very good in the sense that it gives me ideas to post about. You yourself write quite a lot from the Bhagavad Gita. Probably that inspired me to post on it. 🙂

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