Wednesday, March 2, 2011

IV: 16

Chapter 4, Verse 16

"What are action and inaction?
Scholars are confused by it.
I shall teach you
And free you from harm."

Sri Aurobindo:

"Divine works are not measurable by any outward standard through which they may be recognizable to an external gaze. The signs by which Krishna distinguishes divine works are profoundly subjective and intimate. The stamp by which they are known is invisible. The signs and stamp are recognizable only by the light of the soul from which they emanate, for when they are evaluated by the practical, social, and intellectual standards of the time, the root of the matter remains elusive. In the verses to follow, Krishna will shed light on this root."

Sri Eknath Easwaran:

"Krishna is saying in so many words, 'I will give you hints which will enable you to cultivate the necessary discernment. These words are not to be put on buttons or on stickers for the bumper of your chariot. They are to be absorbed through practice. You need to carry them into all the facets of your daily life, though at times this will be uncomfortable.' "

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