Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 14: Guṇa Traya Vibhāga Yogam, Verse 7:

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The Only Way To Get Out Of Passion Is To Start Offering God The Fruits Of One’s Labours

रजो रागात्मकं विद्धि तृष्णासङ्गसमुद्भवम् |
तन्निबध्नाति कौन्तेय कर्मसङ्गेन देहिनम् || 14.7||

rajo rāgātmakaṁ viddhi tṛiṣhṇā-saṅga-samudbhavam
tan nibadhnāti kaunteya karma-saṅgena dehinam|| 14.7||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 14- Ver. 7:

Rajo guna, Arjun, is the nature of passion. It is born of worldly cravings and feelings, and it binds the soul to fruitful deeds through attachment.


Shree Krishna now describes how rajo guna works and how it links the soul to the material world. Its primary manifestation, according to Shree Krishna, is attachment and desire. The craving for sensual pleasure is fueled by the mode of passion. It arouses cravings for both cerebral and physical gratification. It also encourages devotion to material possessions.

Rajo guna influences people to become preoccupied with worldly concerns like as status, prestige, career, family, and house. They regard these as sources of pleasure and are motivated to engage in strenuous effort in order to obtain them. As a result, the mode of passion generates desires, which in turn fuels the mode of passion’s growth. They both sustain each other while also trapping the spirit in the world.

Verse & what we can learn

Our state of mind when it is agitated, like a glass of water being churned, is called Rajas. According to Shri Krishna, rajas causes trishnaa, or a desire for what we do not have, as well as sanga, or attachment to what we currently have. Rajas also perpetuates a vicious circle. It fires our cravings, develops ideas that urge us to behave in order to get objects, and then it creates connection to those objects, increasing rajas even more. Rajas usually rules our minds from morning till sunset.
Rajas binds the self, the “I,” despite the fact that the self, the “I,” does not act. Rajas binds the self by attachment to activity and its outcomes. It makes us believe that “I am the doer” and “I am the enjoyer,” whereas in reality, Prakriti is the one acting and delivering the consequences.

Karma yoga assists us in breaking free from our enslavement. It instructs us to keep acting in the world, but to do it in such a way that we are no longer identified with Prakriti. We gradually begin to submit the outcomes of our acts to Ishvara, and then we gradually begin to relinquish control of our actions to Ishvara.

To acquire knowledge and to implement that knowledge in life one needs to be mentally and physically active and healthy and for that daily meditation is a great tool.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There is 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 shloka Shri Krishna talks about tamo guna.

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

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