Chapter VIII: 27-28
Knowing these paths, Oh Arjuna, no
yogi is deluded; therefore at all times be steadfast in
Whatever fruit of merit is declared to accrue from the Vedas, sacrifices, austerities, and gifts, the yogi goes beyond all this, having known this; and he attains to the supreme primeval abode.
CommentaryWhat man who has clearly understood this continual birth-death-rebirth cycle and the endless miseries that it brings with it, could be foolish and blind enough to cling to this earthly life or value it?
Think of the millions of years that you have eaten, drunk and slept, enjoyed sensual pleasures and suffered the consequent misery. Should you still wallow in delusion?
Think of the thousands of births you have had and the thousands of parents, wives, husbands and children that you have had in those births. Should you still wallow in delusion?
Think of the desires gratified and thus strengthened, the ambitions fulfilled, the houses built, money made and property acquired, and think of how all these have been razed to the earth by the ravages of time - the millions of millennia that this universe has existed. Should you still wallow in delusion?
Think of the insignificance of a short span of fifty years of active life in comparison to the millions of years that constitutes a day of the creator. What can you do during this short span that can compare to self-realization which can liberate you from transmigration forever? Should you still wallow in delusion?
Think of the insignificance of this life span and rejoice that its pleasures and even its pains do not last a split-second - "Even this will pass away, balance your mind in pain and joy" said our Master. Do not wallow in delusion, but seek to attain the supreme abode this very moment.
OM TAT SAT
the Upanishad of the glorious Bhagavad Gita,
THE YOGA OF THE IMPERISHABLE BRAHMAN
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