Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 16

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When We Start Looking at the Divinity that is All-Pervading Life Becomes Peaceful and Meaningful

नासतो विद्यते भावो नाभावो विद्यते सत: |
उभयोरपि दृष्टोऽन्तस्त्वनयोस्तत्त्वदर्शिभि: || 2.16||

nāsato vidyate bhāvo nābhāvo vidyate sataḥ
ubhayorapi dṛiṣhṭo ’nta stvanayos tattva-darśhibhiḥ|| 2.16||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 16:

The unreal has no existence, and the genuine has no non-existence; seers of the essence have witnessed the truth about both of these.


A sensible person, according to the previous scripture, maintains a healthy balance of joy and sadness. This passage states that a balanced person will gradually gain insight and arrive at a point where any object or situation will lose its “real-ness.” Only the eternal essence will remain as the unifying factor in all objects and situations.

An example of this would be that many ornaments may be made out of gold but the essence is gold remains the same only shape and name differs. Likewise in the material world, there will be different objects, persons and things with different names and shapes but the essence of the divine that dwells in all is the same the wise know this with practice and see the divine everywhere and in everything and thus stay in peace and balance.

Verse & What we can learn

One should try to attain a state where one can go beyond name and form and can look at the essence or divinity in everything & everywhere.

Practicing meditation daily and staying alert and conscious about our thoughts words and deeds all the time will help us achieve the above state.

In the next verse, we will see Lord Krishna talking about the soul.

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

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