Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 2 Text 29

ascarya-vatpasyati kascid enam
ascarya-vad vadati tathaiva canyah.
ascarya-vaccainam anyah srnoti
srutvapy enam veda na caiva kascit

ascarya-vat--as amazing; pasyati--sees; kascit--someone; enam--this soul; ascarya-vat--as amazing; vadati--speaks of; tatha--thus; eva--certainly; ca--also; anyah--another; ascarya-vat--similarly amazing; ca--also; enam--this soul; anyah--another; srnoti--hears of; srutva--having heard; api--even; enam--this soul; veda--knows; na--never; ca--and; eva--certainly; kascit--someone.


Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.


Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport; The fact that the atomic soul is within the body of a gigantic animal, in the body of a gigantic banyan tree, and also in the microbic germs, millions and billions of which occupy only an inch of space, is certainly very amazing. Men with a poor fund of knowledge and men who are not austere cannot understand the wonders of the individual atomic spark of spirit, even though it is explained by the greatest authority of knowledge, who imparted lessons even to Brahma, the first living being in the universe.

After some discussion he then states; The easiest process for understanding the subject matter of self, however, is to accept the statements of the Bhagavad-gita spoken by the greatest authority, Lord Krsna, without being deviated by other theories.

In these last few slokas Krishna Himself has covered a few different theories about the soul in an attempt to show Arjuna why he should do his duty and fight.

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