Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Sloka 27

Newsletter on Bhagavadgita by Dr. P.V. Nath

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Sloka 27

JATASYA HI DHRUVO MRITYUR DHRUVAM JANMA MRUTASYA CHA
TASMAD APIRIHARYE’RTHE NA TVAM SHOCHITUM ARHASI.

For certain is death to the born and certain is the birth for the dead. Therefore you should not grieve about the inevitable.

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This was the statement made 5000 yrs ago and was not anything new even then. Arjuna attended the guukula ashrama for the basic education. The guru in those days taught the disciples about the Vedas and Upanisads.

It was an accepted fact that majority believed that there was birth after the death.

Of course nobody could question the statement that there is certain death to the born.

The youngsters were taught about the Atman, the vasanas and the bondage developed as a result of vasanas.
Until and unless the vasanas are exhausted and no new vasanas get stored in the mind, the process of birth and death continues.

It is therefore necessary to develop the mental strength to cope with the problems to face in life including the inevitable death to the born.

No one advocates one to be like a stone and not grieve.
The lesson to learn from the Gita is the principle of karma and not get bogged down with grief.

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