Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 14

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Nothing, No One & No Situation is Permanent in This Material World

मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदु: खदा: |
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || 2.14||

mātrā-sparśhās tu kaunteya śhītoṣhṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ
āgamāpāyino ’nityās tans-titikṣhasva bhārata|| 2.14||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 14:

The contact between the senses and the sense objects, son of Kunti, causes transitory feelings of Joy and sorrow. These are seasonal and come and go like the seasons of winter and summer. One must learn to bear them without becoming agitated, O descendant of Bharat.

Explanation

The five senses—sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing—are housed in the human body, and when they come into contact with their objects of experience, they produce feelings of happiness and pain. None of these feelings are long-lasting. They come and go, just like the seasons.

In the summer, chilly water is refreshing, but in the winter, it is a source of discomfort. As a result, both enjoyment and sorrow experienced through the senses are transitory. If we allow ourselves to be influenced by them, we will swing from side to side like a pendulum. A person of discrimination should try to tolerate both happy and sad feelings without being bothered by them.

Verse & What we can learn

Same object /person that was once the source of our joy can become the cause of our sorrow some other time.

Neither the feeling nor the object or person/situation that are the cause of our sorrow/joy are permanent, everything, situation and every person passes away in the flow of time.

In the next verse, we will see Lord Shri Krishna telling Arjuna one of the qualifications of liberation.

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

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