Gita Daily Readings

20th January
Chapter
II: 11
The blessed Lord said: Thou has grieved for those that should not be grieved for, yet thou speakest words of wisdom. The wise grieves neither for the living nor for the dead.

Commentary

This is the keynote of the Gita: grieve not. This verse can be used as a mantra or a talisman. When worry knocks at the door, when grief threatens to overwhelm us, we should visualize Sri Krishna standing in front of us and telling us: "You are grieving or worrying unnecessarily."

When we are consumed with remorse over the dead past and with sorrow concerning the unborn future, let us visualize him saying to us: "You are worrying unnecessarily." When a man dies, his body is cremated. Otherwise it would decompose and stink. When an event is past, do not keep it and cherish it in your mind. Cremate it and forget it: otherwise it will decompose in the mind and stink. Do not worry about the future, for tomorrow will bring its own problem and the problem will have its own solution, just as yesterday's and today's problems have had.

Many only talk like wise men! How very different is their action from their words! To harmonize thought, word and deed is the first principle of yoga.

The truly wise do not grieve for "the dead, nor for those whose life-breath has not yet ceased" knowing that all created things are subject to change and dissolution.

There is a distinction between thinking and worrying. Thinking is essential; worrying is unnecessary - it actually prevents thinking. Constructive thought is the first step to contemplation and eventual cessation of divisible thinking. It is made possible only when the inner awareness is freed from past (which exists but as memory) and future (which exists but as worry - a mixture of fear and hope). Only the present is - it is a present (gift) from God!

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