Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 39

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Knowledge alone is Not Enough One Needs to Implement the Knowledge in Action to Achieve Results

एषा तेऽभिहिता साङ्ख्ये
बुद्धिर्योगे त्विमां शृणु |
बुद्ध्या युक्तो यया पार्थ
कर्मबन्धं प्रहास्यसि || 2.39||

eṣhā te ’bhihitā sānkhye
buddhir yoge tvimāṁ śhṛiṇu
buddhyā yukto yayā pārtha
karma-bandhaṁ prahāsyasi|| 2.39||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 39:

You have been informed about this field of knowledge. Now, pay attention to the action discipline. You will be able to cast off your action connections after you have gained this awareness, O Paartha.


Another form of Sankhya, which is the analytical knowledge of the immortal soul, has just been explained to Arjun by Shree Krishna. He now claims to be about to reveal the science of working without the desire for monetary gain. This necessitates a separation from the results of one’s activities. The practice of discriminating with the intellect leads to such detachment. As a result, Shree Krishna has given it the unusual name of buddhi yoga.

Krishna relates to Sankhya Yoga, which is a logical reasoning process that leads to an indisputable conclusion. Vedanta is a scientific, logical, and rational school of thinking that deals with the inner personality’s functioning. Vedanta contains no ambiguity or vague. As a result, intellectuals find it extremely rewarding. Those who lack this intellectual capacity, on the other hand, must seek spiritual upliftment through other means.

Because Arjuna is a man of action, Krishna introduces the concept of buddhi yoga. Without the support of a higher drive, action might come from the body alone. Then it turns into a burden. Life becomes exciting when you have an emotional motivation. You transcend above your physical limitations to accomplish seemingly impossible undertakings. You can obtain amazing achievements by focusing on intellectual motivation. When you’re motivated by your subtle intelligence or conscience, it’s the most potent motivation. This is what buddhi yoga is all about. Such actions cleanse you of current vasanas and keep new ones from forming.

Shri Krishna utilizes this shloka to wrap up the theoretical discussion of proper logic and reasoning and go on to how to obtain that knowledge. The following shlokas in the second chapter are incredibly useful and can be applied to our daily lives right away. They will enable us to carry out our svadharma while maintaining the attitude outlined in the previous shloka: treat all situations with equanimity, whether happy or sad.

Verse & what we can learn

Theoretical knowledge alone will not help one to achieve progress, implementation/action is important to achieve results.
Meditation assists us not only in attaining and retaining knowledge it also gives great strength to implement that which we have learnt and achieve results. There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

From the next verse, Lord Shri Krishna explains what one will achieve by acting like this.

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

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