Verses from Srimad Bhagavad Gita
October 26, 2009 5 Comments
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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.
 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.
 matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
tams titiksasva bharata
 yam hi na vyathayanty ete
so ‘mrtatvaya kalpate
 nasato vidyate bhavo
nabhavo vidyate satah
ubhayor api drsto ‘ntas
tv anayos tattva-darsibhih
 avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
na kascit kartum arhati
 antavanta ime deha
tasmad yudhyasva bharata