help clear the doubt.

Recently i was reading Bhagvad Gita when i came across a sentence in 2.20 saying : " to kill someone's body without permission is punishable (kunachyahi sharirachi adhikaaravina hatya karne nindaniya ahe ) ".
I am confused with the word " permission ". Can someone please elaborate more on this and clear my confusion ..

Thanking you in advance.
hare krushna

How does one implement their duties according to the Bhagavad Gita?

I'm a bit confused with how one figures out whether one is a brahman, a ksatriya, a vaisya or a sudra in this day and age. Could someone please explain this?

The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Chapter 9 Verse 12 & Chapter 14 Verses 22-25

jaya jaya

"There are many devotees who assume themselves to be in Krsna consciousness and devotional service but at heart do not accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, as the Absolute Truth."

the entire purport beautifully, and simply, illustrates the degradation of the human soul indebted to ignorance by fruitive activities and karmic links they can create. illusion is the entire substance of Lord Sri KRSNA's material energy. if we can avoid attachment to this energy, He will fulfill your every desire.

"Therefore their mental speculations to arrive at the Absolute Truth bring them to the false conclusion that the ordinary living entity and Krsna are one and the same."

"It is a great offense, therefore, to consider Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to be an ordinary man. Those who do so are certainly deluded because they cannot understand the eternal form of Krsna."

here it is described what kind of an offense the atheist is committing to believe that Lord Sri KRSNA and a human being are exactly the same. the Lord may choose to appear as an avatara, or incarnation, though he is never situated under the influence of the three modes of material nature, or any other emanation of His energy. just as the Karanodakasayi Visnu, who lays upon the holy waters of the Causal Ocean (the border between the spiritual and material worlds), is situated as an expansion of the Lord, so is His avatara.

the context of the verses assembled here is to broaden the path taken by the devotee. there's an old saying: "confine your tongue, lest it confine you." the path to illumination starts with restriction. in order to sit in perfected knowledge, as a friend of Lord Sri KRSNA, you must be able to surrender to Him, and his knowledge. as all things are part and parcel of the Lord, then His presence is constant. we should not contort our views to any superficial cause. the only thing worth knowing is Lord Sri KRSNA.

"One does not need this material body, and he does not need to accept the dictations of the material body. The qualities of the material modes in the body will act, but as spirit soul the self is aloof from such activities. How does he become aloof? He does not desire to enjoy the body, nor does he desire to get out of it. Thus transcendentally situated, the devotee becomes automatically free. He need not try to become free from the influence of the modes of material nature."


Those Whose Faith is Fixed are Blessed!

Recently I've been talking to some people who are highly confused about the supremacy of Krishna compared with the position of some demigod...and realized how blessed we are...

BG 7.21: I am in everyone's heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship some demigod, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to that particular deity.

BG 7.22: Endowed with such a faith, he endeavors to worship a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by Me alone.

BG 7.23: Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet.

BG 7.24: Unintelligent men, who do not know Me perfectly, think that I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, was impersonal before and have now assumed this personality. Due to their small knowledge, they do not know My higher nature, which is imperishable and supreme.

BG 7.25: I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency, and therefore they do not know that I am unborn and infallible.

BG 7.26: O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities; but Me no one knows.

The paths to celestial planets

I'm very intrigued by the following verse that points to a path to celestial planets or brahman. Very mystical and thought provoking. Any insights on these verses would be very much appreciated. Thanks

"Those who know Brahman pass from this world on the path of fire and light, during the time of the waxing moon or during the six months when the sun traverses the northern hemisphere." (BG 8.24)
"Departing on the path of darkness, during the night, during the waning moon or during the six months when the sun makes its course across the southern hemisphere – that yogî attains the celestial lunar planet, but then returns." (BG 8.25)

yathartha geeta audio by swami agarananda
this audio is an analysis of bhagwat gita chapter 6 by swami agaranandji maharaj

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Please explain this line from BG intro

One should desire and hanker after that supreme kingdom, for when one attains that kingdom, he does not have to return to this material world.