Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 Verse 6

Chapter 2, Verse 6

“Which will be worse
To win this war, or to lose it?
I scarcely know,
Since if we kill the sons of Dhritarashtra,
None of us will wish to live.”

Srila Prabhupada:

"Dhritarashtra (the father of Arjuna’s cousins, most of whom are about to die at his hands) must have been very glad to hear that Arjuna was not going to fight and was instead leaving the battlefield for the begging profession. Although Arjuna was, for the time being, overwhelmed with false grief due to family attachment, he is about to surrender unto Krishna, the supreme spiritual master, as a disciple. This indicates that he will soon be free from the false lamentation resulting from family attachment and will experience enlightenment with the complete knowledge of self-realization, or Krishna consciousness, and then he will surely fight."

Baba Hari Dass:

“Once while all the Gopis (Krishna’s cowherd girl devotees) were taking a bath in the Yamuna River without any clothes on, Krishna secretly came and took away their clothes, hung them on a tree, and then climbed the tree himself. When the Gopis finished their bath, they saw Krishna in the tree with their clothes hanging beneath him. They would not come out of the water to put on their clothes. Their body-consciousness prevented them from coming out of the water. The story has deep meaning. Krishna is God (transcendental consciousness). The Gopis are Jiva (individual consciousness). The water is Maya (illusion). As long as a Jiva identifies with body-consciousness, it can’t come out of the illusion even though it knows that God is near. In the same way, the ego-consciousness stops us from seeing the truth. When the clothes of these egos are discarded voluntarily, then all become one.”

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