Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 13

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The Body Goes Through Changes But the Soul Remains Eternal and Unchanged

देहिनोऽस्मिन्यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा |
तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति || 2.13||

dehino ’smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir dhīras tatra na muhyati|| 2.13||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 13:

Similarly to how the embodied soul goes from childhood to youth to old age, the soul also passes into another body when it dies. The wise are not deluded by this.

Explanation

Shree Krishna establishes the concept of soul transmigration from one lifetime to the next. He argues that our bodies develop from childhood to youth to maturity to old age in a single lifetime, the body is always changing, the soul passes through numerous bodies in one lifetime.
Similarly, when it dies, it transforms into a new body. Actually, in worldly terms, “death” refers to the soul leaving its old malfunctioning body, whereas “birth” refers to the soul taking on a new body elsewhere. This is the reincarnation principle.

In truth, contemporary science tells us that cells in the body regenerate, meaning that old cells die and new ones replace them. It is expected that nearly all of the body’s cells will change within seven years.
Furthermore, the chemicals within the cells are changing much faster. Oxygen molecules are absorbed into our cells via metabolic processes with each breath we take, while molecules that were previously locked within the cells are expelled as carbon dioxide.

According to scientists, almost 98% of our body molecules change in a year’s time. Despite the fact that our bodies are always changing, we believe we are the same person. That is because we are the spiritual soul seated within, not the physical body.

Verse & What we can learn

The body dweller is a separate, distinct, and unique entity from the body.

The body dweller maintains its identity despite changes in its body and the transition from one body to another.

Because the body resident will always be constant, a smart person should not be concerned about growing old or dying.

In the next verse, we will see Lord Shri Krishna telling Arjuna the nature of changes and what to do about them.

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

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