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428Indifferent to materialistic happiness and distress (Chapter 2 Text 69)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Feb 27, 2013
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                                    TEXT 69

                                                       ya nisa sarva-bhutanam
                                                      tasyam jagarti samyami
                                                       yasyam jagrati bhutani
                                                       sa nisa pasyato muneh


      ya--what; nisa--is night; sarva--all; bhutanam--of living entities; tasyam--in that; jagarti--wakeful; samyami--the self-controlled; yasyam--in which; jagrati--awake; bhutani--all beings; sa--that is; nisa--night; pasyatah--for the introspective; muneh--sage.


      What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the selfcontrolled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the
      introspective sage.


      There are two classes of intelligent men. The one is intelligent in material activities for sense gratification, and the other is introspective and awake to the cultivation of self-realization. Activities of the introspective sage, or thoughtful man, are night for persons materially absorbed. Materialistic persons remain asleep in such a night due to their ignorance of self-realization.

      The introspective sage remains alert in the "night" of the materialistic men. The sage feels transcendental pleasure in the gradual advancement of spiritual culture, whereas the man in materialistic activities, being asleep to self-realization, dreams of varieties of sense pleasure, feeling sometimes happy and sometimes distressed in his sleeping condition. The introspective man is always indifferent to materialistic happiness and distress. He goes on with his selfrealization activities undisturbed by material reactions.

      Source: Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada