Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Sloka 46

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Sloka 46


To an enlightened person, who has known the Self, all the Vedas are as useful as a reservoir of water in a place where there is a flood.


What is the role of reservoir of water in any town?

The reservoir is meant to store the water and make it simpler to provide water to the needy.

During times of drought and similar situations the water in the reservoir can be directed to the place of the needy.

If there is flood, water is to be seen everywhere. (Let us not get into the argument of health hazards and other problems at this stage. This is only an example and no example can give us a true picture of the Supreme. )

The enlightened person is compared to the place that is flooded. His mind is flooded with the name, form, qualities of the Divine. With faith, bhakti he has understood the Supreme. For he, who has understood the Supreme, the Vedas are of no further use. As the Vedas are for understanding the Supreme, the enlightened person need not have to go to classes for understanding the Vedas. There is no need for him to take up the rituals in karma kanda. After all, the karma kanda rituals are for experiencing the heavenly pleasures.

For a post graduate fellow who has mastered the knowledge there is no need to go back to the university to acquire further knowledge.

Indirectly the message for us all from the Lord is, “Get enlightened, carry on doing your duty. Do not go for worldly pleasures and do not strive for heaven.”

Another important word to note is “vijanataha”. “Janataha” means “who knows.” “Vijanataha” means “who knows very well.” It is not enough to know the subject well but it is important to know it fully well and understand completely.

This is the prelude for the most important sloka in the sacred text: “Karmanye vadhikarasthe.”

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