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Two kinds of sva-dharmas (Chapter 2 Text 31)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 28, 2011
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized

                                   
                                   

                                                                   TEXT 31

      There are two kinds of sva-dharmas, specific duties. As long as one is not liberated, one has to perform the duties of his particular body in
      accordance with religious principles in order to achieve liberation. When one is liberated, one's sva-dharma--specific duty--becomes spiritual and is not in the material bodily concept. In the bodily conception of life there are specific duties for the brahmanas and ksatriyas respectively, and such duties are unavoidable. Sva-dharma is ordained by the Lord, and this will be clarified in the Fourth Chapter. On the bodily plane sva-dharma is called varnasrama-dharma, or man's steppingstone for spiritual understanding. Human civilization begins from the stage of varnasrama-dharma, or specific duties in terms of the specific modes of nature of the body obtained. Discharging one's specific duty in any field of action in accordance with varnasrama dharma serves to elevate one to a higher status of life.

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

        
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