EQUANIMITY IN GITA – 2

यामिमां पुष्पितां वाचं प्रवदन्त्यविपश्चितः।
वेदवादरताः पार्थ नान्यदस्तीति वादिनः॥४२॥

कामात्मानः स्वर्गपरा जन्मकर्मफलप्रदाम्।
क्रियाविशेषबहुलां भोगैश्वर्यगतिं प्रति॥४३॥

yām imāṁ puṣpitāṁ vācaṁ, pravadanty avipaścitaḥ veda-vāda-ratāḥ pārtha, nānyad astīti vādinaḥ kāmātmānaḥ svarga-parā, janma-karma-phala-pradām Kriyā-viśeṣa-bahulāṁ, bhogaiśvarya-gatiṁ prati

O Pārtha (Arjuna), those who are obsessed by desires, who look upon heaven as the supreme goal, and are devoted to the letter of the Vedas, performing many rites for fulfilling desires. They argue that there is nothing else (except to enjoy the pleasures). These unwise people utter flowery (show-off type, pleasant) speeches, recommending many rituals of various kinds for the attainment of pleasure and prosperity, with rebirth as the fruit of their actions.   42-43

भोगैश्वर्यप्रसक्तानां तयापहृतचेतसाम् ।
व्यवसायात्मिका बुद्धिः समाधौ विधीयते ॥४४॥

Bhogaiśvarya-prasaktānāṁ, tayāpahṛta-cetasām
vyavasāyātmikā buddhiḥ, samādhau na vidhīyate

Those whose minds are drawn away by such flowery words and who are deeply attached to pleasure and power, cannot have a determinate intellect which leads to one pointed-ness in God.   44

Comment – The attachment to Bhoga (worldly enjoyments) – pleasures of five senses, desire for respect and praise, and Aiśvarya (accumulation of money and material to enjoy those worldly pleasures) are the main road-blocks to progress in a spiritual journey. One who is engrossed in enjoyments of pleasures and accumulation of wealth cannot even make a resolve to pursue the spiritual path, what to speak of pursuing this path! That is why Bhagavān (Lord Kṛṣṇa) is describing on Yoga of selfless action.

Gita Prabodhani – Chapter 2 Verses 42-43, By Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj

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