Sunday, September 08, 2013

Duty, above all.

The Lord of Sri said:
Arjuna, from whither did this weakness of spirit come to you, at this hour of danger? This does not befit you as an Aryan, who should be fightning. Neither does this bring you any good reputation, nor does it lead you to heaven. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 2)

Hence, O son of Prthã, do not be dissuaded by this weakness of spirit. Vanquisher of enemies, shed this impotency and get ready to fight. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 3)

[Arjuna said:] It is better to live in this world by begging rather than killing my superiors. If i kill these respectable elders then i will certainly not be able to enjoy the pleasures of the world because these very pleasures will be tainted with the blood of these elders. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 5)

Sañjaya said:
Then Arjuna said to Govinda, "O Govinda! I shall not fight," and fell silent. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 9)

O King, standing in the middle of both armies, Govinda spoke smilingly, these words to Arjuna who was filled with sorrow. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 10)

The Lord said:
You have spoken wise words and lamented for those who do not deserve lamentation. The learned lament neither for the living, nor the dead. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 11)

There was never a time when I or you or any of these kings here did not exist. And all of us shall certianly exist in the future too. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 12)

Just as the embodied soul experiences the different states of the body like childhood, adulthood and old age, so will it acquire another body after death. Learned persons are never deluded about this. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 13)

Joy, sorrow, heat, cold are temporary experiences arising out of contact with sense objects, O son of Kunti. You must learn to tolerate them, O descendant of Bharata. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 : 14)

And that wise person who endures such dual aspects of perception, to whom joy and sorrow are one and the same, is eligible for eternal life, O best among men. (Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 2 :15)