Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 3: Verse 29

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Able Leadership Clears Confusion and Gives Clarity

प्रकृतेर्गुणसम्मूढा: सज्जन्ते गुणकर्मसु |
तानकृत्स्नविदो मन्दान्कृत्स्नविन्न विचालयेत् || 3.29||

prakṛiter guṇa-sammūḍhāḥ sajjante guṇa-karmasu
tān akṛitsna-vido mandān kṛitsna-vin na vichālayet|| 3.29||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 29:

People who are fooled by prakriti’s gunaas are attached to gunaas and action. The smart person avoids bothering fools who have limited information.


Why are the ignorant connected to sense things if the soul is apart from the gunas and their activities? In this verse, Krishna reveals how humans become perplexed by the gunas of material energy and believe they are the doers. They are in love with the three modes of material nature and work for the sole goal of enjoying sensuous and mental pleasures. They are unable to carry out tasks as a matter of obligation without seeking remuneration.

The enlightened should not impose their beliefs on the uninitiated. Rather, they should teach the uninformed how to execute their karma and gradually assist them in rising above attachment. He also reiterates that enlightened people should not preach karmayoga to those who are enslaved by their gunaas and acts. Instead, they should set an example for others to follow.

Knowing that everyone is at a different stage of spiritual progress, a wise person does not criticise or judge anyone. The enlightened person recognises that he is Atman, and that his body, mind, and intellect all work in accordance with his gunas. The misled are unaware of Atman and become engrossed in their own and others’ actions. They are devoid of objectivity.

Verse & what we can learn

A leader should not create confusion in the minds of followers instead should know when, where and how to lead them on right path and by leading by example.

The Bhagavad Gita, enlightens us on these three gunas namely sattva, rajas, tamas personality, which are entirely different. These are the three gunas of maya, rajo guna charecteristics are different and as we move ahead to further shlokas we will know more in depth about these.

Bhagavad Gita gives us knowledge and makes us aware of reality and enlightens us to stay unattached and to live like that meditation helps us.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

In the Next verse, Shri Krishna tells Arjuna what he should do.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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