Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Slokas 42-44, part 3

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(including part 1 and part 2 on slokas 42-44)

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Let us now look at the three slokas in question.

“The unwise utter flowery speech.”

The wise are those who go for knowledge and learn practically from the knowledge acquired and become wise. Unwise are those who go for knowledge but do not learn from the lessons in life.

This sloka refers to those who take up the spiritual path and start to learn the Vedas. They do not proceed beyond the “Karma kanda”. They are tempted by the heavenly pleasures that come by conducting the various rituals and do not proceed to the next section of “Upasana.” They boast about the Vedic knowledge acquired. This is what is meant by “the unwise utter flowery speech.”

“They take pleasure in eulogising words of the Vedas.”

It means that they take pleasures in talking about the benefit of the various rituals mentioned in the Karma kanda.

“They say that there is nothing but pleasures.”

It refers to the heavenly pleasures that are for the taking for those who conduct the rituals as described in Karma kanda.

“They are full of desires—–.”

They conduct the rituals wishing for the desired results from the conduct of such rituals. As a consequence they exhaust the merits of good work conducted and fall into the cycle of births and deaths.

“The minds of such men are drawn away by attachments to pleasure and wealth—.”

They concentrate on the beneficial and pleasurable results of the good work conducted. They go for such higher and higher pleasures but stop short of final pleasure of “Moksha.”

They cannot conduct Upasana on the “Eternal Truth.” Their minds cannot remain steady on the contemplation of the “Eternal Truth”.

Desires distract the mind and we should not go after desires is the Lord’s message for the spiritual seekers.

“Vyavasayatmika buddhi samadhou na vidheeyate” (sloka 44):

Refer to sloka 41 for the explanation on “Vyavasayatmika buddhi.”

“Samadhi” is total single pointed contemplation on the “Supreme” and cutting away totally from worldly distractions. Those who go after the pleasures cannot fix their mind on the Supreme and cannot attain “Samadhi.”

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