Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 3: Verse 16

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One Should Follow the System of Evolution and Should Protect Both His Inner Nature and Outer As Well

एवं प्रवर्तितं चक्रं नानुवर्तयतीह य: |
अघायुरिन्द्रियारामो मोघं पार्थ स जीवति || 3.16||

evaṁ pravartitaṁ chakraṁ nānuvartayatīha yaḥ
aghāyur indriyārāmo moghaṁ pārtha sa jīvati || 3.16||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 3- Ver. 16:

O Parth those who refuse to recognize their responsibility in the Vedic cycle of sacrifice are sinful. They exist solely to satisfy their senses; indeed, their lives are meaningless.


Material wealth abounds and spiritual growth is created when the majority of people in human civilization acknowledge their obligation to live as integrated members of the universal system. In the social and cultural history of humanity, such periods are known as golden eras. When a large segment of humanity begins to violate the universal system and refuses its responsibilities as a vital part of the cosmic system, material nature responds by punishing them, and peace and prosperity become scarce.

Shree Krishna teaches to Arjun that those who do not execute the yaja that is required of them become slaves to their senses and live a wicked life. As a result, they live in vain. People who follow the divine law, on the other hand, become pure at heart and free of material contamination.

When a person harbours selfish desires and lives for the sake of sensual pleasure, guilt, fear, rage, hatred, pride, and other emotions that build the ego are generated. Shri Krishna describes such a person as “malicious.” That person is said to have lived in vain because he did not take use of the magnificent opportunity to access higher nature by being born as a human. It is the person who has begun to connect with a higher ideal and, as a result, has gradually corroded his ego in the selfless service of that higher ideal.

Verse & what we can learn

When one is in tune with inner and outer nature and cares about both, good will happen not only to the individual but also to the entire ecosystem and nature as well.

What does the Bhagavad Gita say about duties?

Is the Bhagavad Gita Vedic?

What are the main teachings of the Bhagavad Gita?

What is the main ethical lesson of the Bhagavad Gita?

How are the Vedas and bhagavadgita similar?

Teachings of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita clarify all these doubts and give clarity on the path that should be followed for spiritual development.

To perform duties spiritual and physical one needs to be fit and active at all levels and to be so daily meditation helps.

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 about persons who think only about themselves.

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

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