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The Real ‘I’/Soul is Eternal So One Should Not Be Sorrowful
अथ चैनं नित्यजातं नित्यं वा मन्यसे मृतम् |
तथापि त्वं महाबाहो नैवं शोचितुमर्हसि || 2.26||
atha chainaṁ nitya-jātaṁ nityaṁ vā manyase mṛitam
tathāpi tvaṁ mahā-bāho naivaṁ śhochitum arhasi|| 2.26||
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 26:
Arjuna If, on the other hand, if you believe that the self is subject to constant birth and death, O mighty-armed Arjuna, even then you should not weep in this manner.
Lord Krishna explains here that Even if Arjuna doesn’t believe that the eternal essence is imperishable, it’s fine; but if he believes that the eternal essence(soul), which is present in human body, passes through birth and death with the body, if he understands this even then there is no reason for him to be sorrowful.
Verse & What we can learn
If we believe that the soul is immortal, or if we believe that every time the body perishes the soul takes a new body and (‘we’ are not the soul /divine essence not the body once we understand this) in either case there is no reason to be sorrowful.
In the coming up verse, Lord Shri Krishna tells Arjuna the truth about birth and death.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…