I will answer this question, from the point of view of advaita. I will quote a portion of the commentary by Madhusudhana Saraswati (MS) in his Gudartha dipika. The gist is based on the translation of Swami Gambhirananda.
MS commentary (partial)
अत्र हेतुमाह -- ब्रह्मणस्तत्पदवाच्यस्य सोपाधिकस्य जगदुत्पत्तिस्थितिलयहेतोः प्रतिष्ठा पारमार्थिकं निर्विकल्पकं सच्चि...
Consistency requires that Brahma must denote that which is less then and subject to Lord Krishna the Supreme Brahman.
The Brahma Svarupa is discribed in Bhagavad Gita 12.3-4
ye tv akṣaram anirdeśyam avyaktaṃ paryupāsate |
sarvatra-gam acintyaṃ ca kūṭastham acalaṃ dhruvam || 3 ||
sanniyamyendriya-grāmaṃ sarvatra sama-buddhayaḥ |
te prāpnuvanti mām eva sarva-...
What is the meaning of Gita ch.14 verse 27?
From Ramanujacharya's Gita Bhashya, the verse means:
Truly, I am the basis of insentient matter as well as the immortal and immutable Self, of everlasting Dharma and of perfect bliss.
Although the expression 'everlasting Dharma’ is usually indicative of
the practice [of Dharma or right-living] ...
To be frank with all - it is not possible for ordinary people, to have sama-darśhinaḥ or having equal perception. This stage is possible to a person, who attained SELF REALISATION.
The subtle concept is that a SELF REALISED person (he/she) will not perceive he/she is the human body, but the DIVINE soul. The moment ONE start thinking that ONE is body, all ...
Wonderful answers by all.
Just want to add an important point as highlighted by our Guru, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the book "Bhagavad Gita As It Is"
Unless all of the senses are engaged in the service of the Lord, even one of them engaged in sense gratification can deviate the devotee from the path of transcendental ...
One of the moving senses, which the mind follows, steals away the intelligence, as wind moves a boat on the water.
This verse speaks of the faults arising from lack of sense control arising from not absorbing his mind in Krishna.
Among the uncontrolled senses which move towards sense objects, the mind becomes focused on one sense such as the ear or eye.
jaya-kāle tu sattvasya
devarṣīn rajaso 'surān
"When the quality of goodness is prominent, the sages and demigods flourish with the help of that quality, with which they are infused and surcharged by the Supreme Lord. Similarly, when the mode of passion is prominent the demons flourish, and ...
Sloka 67 of Chapter 2 of BG relates to pure SPIRITUAL aspects.
If we start with Sloka 62 of Chapter 2 of BG, we can understand that they are related to PURE SPIRITUAL aspects, meant for persons proposing to be/already engaged in SPIRITUAL pursuits.
ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंसः सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते।
सङ्गात् संजायते कामः कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते।।2.62।।
In the case of a ...
In this question Jasmine is looking for a yes or no answer. My answer is YES. The philosophy/science of Gita is timeless or it is permanent and is not limited by place or time. This is why even after its first narration some thousands of years back, it guides people to a better or meaning full life.
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ...
Yes, it applies even in Kali yuga. We have to remember, however, that nishkama karma is an yoga and most probably cannot be practiced by an ordinary person.
If you are attached to the result of your Karma, then you will get easily discouraged if you do not attain your goal. If you attain success then there is of course no problem! All philosophy is about ...
Every action has a reaction. This is the law of karma. Good karma is referred to actions that occur according to the 4 vedic values of the vedic philosophy:
Satya - Truth, always tell the truth
Saucha - Cleanliness, purity
Ahimsa - No violence
Tapas - austerities
In contrast bad karma are actions that are performed without respecting these principles.
""Person 1 helps out Person 2 on the premise that this deed will accrue "good karma"."
Let's pause right there. Person 1 is helping Person 2 for accruing Good Karma! Then obviously the intent of the help is "not to help but accrue good karma" and yes that's obviously bad. The intent must only be to help for the sake of ...
Well in simple words if you follow teachings of the Gita what you need to do is to detach yourself from all such activities/actions.
Many people insulted Kabir/Guru Nanak/Buddha/Mahavir but where are those people now and where are these enlightened beings? Failure in exams or becoming an IPS/IAS is just part n parcel of this journey, just live in the present,...
According to Srila Prabhupada BG 11.3
"...Now as far as Arjuna is concerned, he is inspired by the statements of Kṛṣṇa, but in order to convince others in the future who may think that Kṛṣṇa is an ordinary person, Arjuna desires to see Him actually in His universal form, to see how He is acting from within the universe, although He is apart from it...&...