Gita Daily Readings

17th April
Chapter Four: 40-42
The ignorant, the faithless, the doubting self goes to destruction; there is neither this world nor the other, nor happiness for the doubting.

He who has renounced actions by yoga, whose doubts are rent asunder by knowledge and who is self-possessed - actions do not bind him, 0h Arjuna.

Therefore, with the sword of the knowledge cut asunder the doubt of the self born of ignorance residing in thy heart and take refuge in yoga. Arise, 0h Arjuna.


He whose time has not yet come is known by his faithlessness. He goes to "destruction," not total annihilation, but destruction of this precious opportunity granted by the Lord. This human birth is the door to liberation. He who utilizes it for this great purpose is saved; he who does not, slams the door in his own face. He destroys, as it were, the raft that could have taken him across the ocean of samsara.

Doubt is a great destroyer. We are commanded by the Lord to question our preceptors. Towards the conclusion of the Gita, Krishna further commands Arjuna to reflect over what he had told him. We should question the guru and then reflect over what he tells us; but with faith, not with a doubting intellect! Questioning and doubting are two very different mental actions. Questioning is a necessary step to the acquisition of knowledge; doubting is refusal to listen, refusal to think, refusal to look within, refusal to understand. Under cover of doubt, the ego thrives - the ego manages not to doubt itself. The man whose heart is full of doubts has no peace, no happiness even in this world; he does nothing good which could earn him a better world hereafter. What a loss!

Doubt must be slain by knowledge. The seeker must quickly begin the practice of yoga!


Thus in the upanishad of the glorious Bhagavad Gita,
 the science of the eternal, the scripture of yoga,
 the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna,
ends the fourth discourse entitled:

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