Wednesday, February 18, 2015

[gita-talk] Daily Bhagavad Gita Message - Gita 18-17

 


||  Shree Hari  ||

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Eighteenth Chapter

  
                                             18-17

yasya nāhaṅkṛto bhāvo buddhiryasya na lipyate
hatvāpi sa imānlokānna hanti na nibadhyate

He who is free from egoism (does not feel "I am the doer") and whose intellect is not tainted, though he may slay other creatures, he slays not, nor is he bound (by actions).

Comment:

The expression-- 'nāhaṅkṛta bhāva' (absence of the sense of doership) means to be free from egoism or not having the feeling 'I am the doer'. 'buddhiḥ na lipyate' means-- to be free from desire, sense of mine and selfishness or it is being free from the feeling of 'bhokta' (enjoyership). In Self there is neither doership or enjoyership. By only having relationship with mundane body, one accepts the sense of egoism and with the ego the feelings of doership and enjoyership come along.    

Arjuna said, sin will accrue to us by slaying these desperadoes and the reverend preceptors (Gītā 1/36, 2/5). Therefore, here the Lord declares to Arjuna that if he does not have the sense of egoism and his intellect is not tainted, then he will accrue no sin even though he slays all the people!  The intellect gets tainted by having desire, the sense of mineness and selfishness. If a man dies by drowning himself in the Ganges, the Ganges accrues no sin and if anyone drinks its water, takes a bath in it, irrigates his land, the Ganges does not earn any virtue. The reason is that Gangaji does not have any sense of ego and tainted intellect. The reason is that In Ganges, there is neither the egoistic notion nor the intellect is tainted. If a doctor is free from desire, sense of mineness and selfishness, during operation, in spite of cutting the organs, he incurs no sin.
By Jñānayoga, the egoistic notion is destroyed and by Karmayoga, the taintedness of the intellect is wiped out. If one of the two is destroyed, the other is also destroyed. It is because of the egoistic notion only that in a man (self), the desire for pleasure and salvation arises. When the egoistic notion is wiped out then the desire for pleasure is also wiped out. With the destruction of the desire for pleasure, the yearning for salvation is automatically fulfilled because salvation is axiomatic (self-evident).

 
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