Monday, September 10, 2012


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 3 Text 36

arjuna uvaca
atha kena prayukto 'yam
papam carati purusah
anicchann api varsneya
balad iva ni yojitah

arjunah uvaca--Arjuna said; atha--then; kena--by what; prayuktah--impelled; ayam--one; papam--sins; carati--does; purusah--a man; anicchan--without desiring; api--although; varsneya--O descendant of Vrsni; balat--by force; iva--as if; niyojitah--engaged.


Arjuna said: O descendant of Vrsni, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?


This sloka reminds me of the last days of my drinking. This is the question we ask ourselves just before we get sober. The First Step of AA phrases it this way; . . . our lives had become unmanageable.

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