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Bhagavad Gita Today February 3, 2020

Date: 
Mon, 2020-02-03


Why things are the way they are, and what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.27

TRANSLATION

Although the devotees know these two paths, O Arjuna, they are never bewildered. Therefore be always fixed in devotion.

PURPORT:

Krishna is here advising Arjuna that he should not be disturbed by the different paths the soul can take when leaving the material world. A devotee of the Supreme Lord should not worry whether he will depart by arrangement or by accident. The devotee should be firmly established in Krishna consciousness and chant Hare Krishna. He should know that concern over either of these two paths is troublesome. The best way to be absorbed in Krishna consciousness is to be always dovetailed in His service, and this will make one's path to the spiritual kingdom safe, certain and direct.

The word yoga-yukta is especially significant in this verse. One who is firm in yoga is constantly engaged in Krishna consciousness in all his activities. Sri Rupa Gosvami advises, anasaktasya vishayan yatharham upayunjatah: one should be unattached in material affairs and do everything in Krishna consciousness. By this system, which is called yukta-vairagya, one attains perfection. Therefore the devotee is not disturbed by these descriptions, because he knows that his passage to the supreme abode is guaranteed by devotional service.