Daily Dose of Bhagavad Gita

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized

TEXT 57

yah sarvatranabhisnehas
tat tat prapya subhasubham
nabhinandati na dvesti
tasya prajna pratisthita

Chapter 2 Verse 57-58

TRANSLATION

He who is without attachment, who does not rejoice when he obtains good, nor lament when he obtains evil, is firmly fixed in perfect knowledge.

PURPORT

There is always some upheaval in the material world which may be good or evil. One who is not agitated by such material upheavals, who is unaffected by good and evil, is to be understood to be fixed in Krsna consciousness. As long as one is in the material world there is always the possibility of good and evil because this world is full of duality. But one who is fixed in Krsna consciousness is not affected by good and evil because he is simply concerned with Krsna, who is all good absolute. Such consciousness in Krsna situates one in a perfect transcendental position called, technically, samadhi.

TEXT 58

yada samharate cayam
kurmo ‘nganiva sarvasah
indriyanindriyarthebhyas
tasya prajna pratisthita

TRANSLATION

One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws his limbs within the shell, is to be understood as truly situated in knowledge.

PURPORT

The test of a yogi, devotee, or self-realized soul is that he is able to control the senses according to his plan. Most people, however, are servants of the senses and are thus directed by the dictation of the senses. That is the answer to the question as to how the yogi is situated. The senses are compared to venomous serpents. They want to act very loosely and without restriction. The yogi, or the devotee, must be very strong to control the serpents—like a snake charmer. He never allows them to act independantly. There are many injunctions in the revealed scriptures; some of them are do-not’s, and some of them are do’s. Unless one is able to follow the do’s and the do-not’s, restricting oneself from sense enjoyment, it is not possible to be firmly fixed in Krsna consciousness. The best example, set herein, is the tortoise. The tortoise can at any moment wind up his senses and exhibit them again at any time for particular purposes. Similarly, the senses of the Krsna conscious persons are used only for some particular purpose in the service of the Lord and are withdrawn otherwise. Keeping the senses always in the service of the Lord is the example set by the analogy of the tortoise, who keeps the senses within.

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  1. Love it! However, I was under the impression that this form of ambivalent approach to life, neither liking or disliking was closely tied in to Shiva, not Krishna?

    For example, Shiva only sits in meditative expansive awareness unless he is petitioned by devas or Brahma and Vishnu to intervene because something is out of control. Shiva wouldn’t open his eyes for anything unless its deemed necessary and best for all. Accordingly what can best exemplify this other than Aghori Sadhu’s which practise non liking/liking by treating their waste the same as fine cuisine for example, or smoking ganja from a hollowed out human bone out of a recent cremation ash pile to show that for them, life is just life? Unmoved by good or bad things, without opinion, view or approach of any kind pretty much like Shiva sitting smeared in human ash, wearing a bloody tiger skin sash, matted dreadlocked hair and in the form of a wildman who made people think and say “what the hell is he? Why is he in a graveyard with his Ganas? Why does he look like a wild, intoxicated, big burly man instead of a divine being?” I’m learning more about Krishna – I learned so far he was the heartbreaker of every village until Radhe, the boy of milk and butter and flute playing until he set off intent on turning the Indian kings of his day spiritual. He left Radhe and gave her flute at 16, to set out on his journey yet he actually failed climaxing with the great battle in defeat. But, he did everything with such a joyfulness and playfulness through his liberated consciousness during all of this – which is why he is called Lord and considered to be a God to some devotee’s. Am I wrong? Please correct if I am, would a Aghori represent non dualism better than a Shri Krishna devotee? Im curious and you know more about the topic, id like to know more. I was told by my teacher that also Krishna himself paid worship to Shiva along with the other devas, Gods and even demon kings and evil beings giving Shiva worship also?

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  2. vequinox says:

    Reblogged this on Manolis.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing my post

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