Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yogam: Chapter 4: Verse 40

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Those Who Want to Acquire Knowledge and Gain Peace Should Leave Doubt

अज्ञश्चाश्रद्दधानश्च संशयात्मा विनश्यति |
नायं लोकोऽस्ति न परो न सुखं संशयात्मन: || 4.40||

ajñaśh chāśhraddadhānaśh cha sanśhayātmā vinaśhyati
nāyaṁ loko ’sti na paro na sukhaṁ sanśhayātmanaḥ|| 4.40||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 4- Ver. 40:

Ignorant One, without faith, and constantly doubts is ruined. A person who is continually doubting will never find peace in this world or any other one.


Shri Krishna describes the impediments to our reaching such knowledge. There are three major impediments: ignorance, a lack of faith, and a persistent sense of doubt. It is this ignorance that becomes an impediment to the self-realization of knowledge. This truth will never be fully realised by someone who lacks trust. Until we obtain knowledge of self-realization, we must have faith in the scriptures, our instructor, ourselves, and the everlasting essence’s truth.

It will be tough for a person who doubts everything to obtain knowledge. To be sure, scepticism and inquiry are essential. Spiritual gurus encourage it. Constant doubting, on the other hand, without making an effort to answer such doubts, will become a major impediment to spiritual awareness.

Shri Krishna also claims that continuous doubt is more than an impediment to spiritual progress. It also makes it impossible for us to live peacefully in the physical world.

Verse & what we can learn

A doubting mind will never gain knowledge or find peace anywhere.

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 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 actions and karma.

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

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