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The problem of bondage in the material world (Chapter 2 Text 45)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2012
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                           TEXT 45


                                              trai-gunya-visaya veda
                                            nistrai-gunyo bhavarjuna
                                          nirdvandvo nitya-sattva-stho
                                              niryoga-ksema atmavan


      trai-gunya--pertaining to the three modes of material nature; visayah--on the subject matter; vedah--Vedic literatures; nistrai-gunyah--in a
      pure state of spiritual existence; bhava--be; arjuna--O Arjuna; nirdvandvah--free from the pains of opposites; nitya-sattva-sthah--ever
      remaining in sattva (goodness); niryoga-ksemah--free from (the thought of) acquisition and preservation; atma-van--established in the self.


      The Vedas mainly deal with the subject of the three modes of material nature. Rise above these modes, O Arjuna. Be  transcendental to all of them. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self.


      All material activities involve actions and reactions in the three modes of material nature. They are meant for fruitive results, which
      cause bondage in the material world. The Vedas deal mostly with fruitive activities to gradually elevate the general public from the
      field of sense gratification to a position on the transcendental plane. Arjuna, as a student and friend of Lord Krsna, is advised to raise
      himself to the transcendental position of Vedanta philosophy where, in the beginning, there is brahma-jijnasa, or questions on the supreme transcendence. All the living entities who are in the material world are struggling very hard for existence. For them the Lord, after creation of the material world, gave the Vedic wisdom advising how to live and get rid of the material entanglement.

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