Daily Dose of Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized

TEXT 51

karma-jam buddhi-yukta hi
phalam tyaktva manisinah
janma-bandha-vinirmuktah
padam gacchanty anamayam

Chapter 2 Verse 51

TRANSLATION

The wise, engaged in devotional service, take refuge in the Lord, and free themselves from the cycle of birth and death by renouncing the fruits of action in the material world. In this way they can attain that state beyond all miseries.

PURPORT

The liberated living entities seek that place where there are no material miseries. The Bhagavatam says:

samasrita ye padapallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
param padam yad vipadam na tesam

(Bhag. 10.14.58)

“For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Mukunda or the giver of mukti, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoofprint. Param padam, or the place where there are no material miseries, or Vaikuntha, is his goal, not the place where there is danger in every step of life.”

Owing to ignorance, one does not know that this material world is a miserable place where there are dangers at every step. Out of ignorance only, less intelligent persons try to adjust to the situation by fruitive activities, thinking that resultant actions will make them happy. They do not know that no kind of material body anywhere within the universe can give life without miseries. The miseries of life, namely birth, death, old age and diseases, are present everywhere within the material world. But one who understands his real constitutional position as the eternal servitor of the Lord, and thus knows the position of the Personality of Godhead, engages himself in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. Consequently he becomes qualified to enter into the Vaikuntha planets, where there is neither material, miserable life, nor the influence of time and death. To know one’s constitutional position means to know also the sublime position of the Lord. One who wrongly thinks that the living entity’s position and the Lord’s position are on the same level is to be understood to be in darkness and therefore unable to engage himself in the devotional service of the Lord. He becomes a lord himself and thus paves the way for the repetition of birth and death. But one who, understanding that his position is to serve, transfers himself to the service of the Lord, at once becomes eligible for Vaikunthaloka. Service for the cause of the Lord is called karma-yoga or buddhi-yoga, or in plain words, devotional service to the Lord.

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  1. Sānkhya Yog- one of the most renowned chapters of the Gita with shlokas that speak of the soul and of steady intellect. I am currently learning the Gita, done with Chapter 2, and am so very glad that you are introducing the lessons of the Gita to so many readers around the world. Sanskrit is truly a beautiful language and to be able to understand and interpret ancient teachings like the Gita in Sanskrit is, though acquired, truly a gift. Readers of all ages, especially in India, must be inspired by your posts to learn Sanskrit and the teachings of the Gita and other ancient Indian scriptures which form the foundation of Indian literature. Thank you for such amazing, informative and inspiring posts!

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    1. GS says:

      Hi Garima, I am so glad you are reading the Bhagavad Gita. Sankhya philosophy is one of the six theories of darshan or the way of looking or interpreting human life on earth. It is the oldest philosophy out of the six darshans because the doctrines of Sankhya are found in Mahabharata, Ramayan, and even in Bhagavad Gita.

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