Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 20

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The Soul is Neither Born, nor Does it Ever Die; The Soul is Without Birth, Eternal, Immortal, and Ageless

न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचि
नायं भूत्वा भविता वा न भूय: |
अजो नित्य: शाश्वतोऽयं पुराणो
न हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे || 2.20||

na jāyate mriyate vā kadāchin
nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śhāśhvato ’yaṁ purāṇo
na hanyate hanyamāne śharīre|| 2.20||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 20:

The soul is never born nor dies, nor does it ever cease to exist after it has existed. The soul has no beginning or end, is everlasting, immortal, and timeless. When the body is destroyed, it is not destroyed.


This shloka emphasizes the timeless and changeless nature of the eternal essence (soul) that we have seen thus far. Any material object, including the human body, undergoes six types of changes: birth, existence, change, growth, decay, and death These are bodily transformations, not self-transformations. The eternal essence is changeless because it is beyond all of these alterations.
The annihilation of the body is what we name death, yet the immortal self is untouched by all bodily changes. The soul is neither born nor dies; it did not spring from anything. It is everlasting, immortal, and ageless because it is unborn. When the body is destroyed, it is not destroyed.

Verse & What we can learn

Change is the nature of the body, but not the soul. The soul is immortal, everlasting, birthless, fearless and changeless.

In the next verse, we will see Lord Krishna giving reason and wisdom as to why he needs to fight.

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

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