Quotes on Gita : ‘If one reads Bhagavad-Gita very sincerely and with all seriousness, then by the grace of the Lord the reactions of his past misdeeds will not act upon him’ Lord Shiva to Parvatidevi, Gita-Mahatmya.
No other philosophical or religious work reveals ,in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme. I will shall read (Youtube Link Attached) and write Gita verses from the book “Bhagvan-Gita As It Is” by Swami Prabhupada everyday.
Chapter 2 – Contents of the Gita Summarised
Text 33 – If, however, you do not perform your religious duty of ﬁghting, then you will certainly incur sins for neglecting your duties and thus lose your reputation as a ﬁghter.
Purport – Arjuna was a famous ﬁghter, and he attained fame by ﬁghting many great demigods, including even Lord Śiva. After ﬁghting and defeating Lord Śiva in the dress of a hunter, Arjuna pleased the lord and received as a reward a weapon called pāśupata-astra. Everyone knew that he was a great warrior. Even Droṇācārya gave him benedictions and awarded him the special weapon by which he could kill even his teacher. So he was credited with so many military certiﬁcates from many authorities, including his adoptive father Indra, the heavenly king. But if he abandoned the battle, not only would he neglect his speciﬁc duty as a kṣatriya, but he would lose all his fame and good name and thus prepare his royal road to hell. In other words, he would go to hell not by ﬁghting but by withdrawing from battle.
Text 34 – People will always speak of your infamy, and for a respectable person, dishonor is worse than death.
Purport – Both as friend and philosopher to Arjuna, Lord Kṛṣṇa now gives His ﬁnal judgment regarding Arjuna’s refusal to ﬁght. The Lord says, “Arjuna, if you leave the battleﬁeld before the battle even begins, people will call you a coward. And if you think that people may call you bad names but that you will save your life by ﬂeeing the battleﬁeld, then My advice is that you’d do better to die in the battle. For a respectable man like you, ill fame is worse than death. So, you should not ﬂee for fear of your life; better to die in the battle. That will save you from the ill fame of misusing My friendship and from losing your prestige in society. So, the ﬁnal judgment of the Lord was for Arjuna to die in the battle and not withdraw.
Text 35 – The great generals who have highly esteemed your name and fame will think that you have left the battleﬁeld out of fear only, and thus they will consider you insigniﬁcant.
Purport – Lord Kṛṣṇa continued to give His verdict to Arjuna: “Do not think that the great generals like Duryodhana, Karṇa and other contemporaries will think that you have left the battleﬁeld out of compassion for your brothers and grandfather. They will think that you have left out of fear for your life. And thus their high estimation of your personality will go to hell.
Text 36 – Your enemies will describe you in many unkind words and scorn your ability. What could be more painful for you?
Purport – Lord Kṛṣṇa was astonished in the beginning at Arjuna’s uncalled-for plea for compassion, and He described his compassion as beﬁtting the non-Āryans. Now in so many words, He has proved His statements against Arjuna’s so-called compassion.
Text 37 – O son of Kuntī, either you will be killed on the battleﬁeld and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom. Therefore, get up with determination and ﬁght.
Purport – Even though there was no certainty of victory for Arjuna’s side, he still had to ﬁght; for, even being killed there, he could be elevated into the heavenly planets.
Excerpt From: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. “Bhagavad-gita As It Is”. Apple Books.