bhagavad gita chapter 2

The Chapter 2 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita emphasizes on an array of topics like self-realization, acceptance of death, anger and its repercussions.

Let’s start off with:

Chapter 2- Verse 14

mātrā-sparśhās tu kaunteya śhītoṣhṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ: āgamāpāyino ’nityās tans-titikṣhasva bhārata

Commentary

Joy, sorrow, heat cold are temporary experiences arising out of contact with sense objects, O Son of Kunti, you must learn to tolerate them. O Descendant of Bharata

Chapter 2- Verse 14 and its relation to our Daily Life Actions

A simple fact that is nothing is permanent and everything changes except change. The only way to handle these changes is to learn the art of tolerance and acceptance. For eg: the cool water comforts you during summer, the same water disturbs during winter. if you learn to manage your changes well, you have already reached the point of self-realization and self- acceptance.

Remember even this will pass away!

Chapter 2- Verse 20

na jāyate mriyate vā kadāchin-nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ-ajo nityaḥ śhāśhvato ’yaṁ purāṇo-na hanyate hanyamāne śharīre

Commentary

The soul has no birth or death, it has no being and hence will never cease to be. Birthless, deathless or an end, the soul is not destroyed when the body is destroyed

Chapter 2- Verse 20 and it relation to our Daily Life Actions

A perfect theory that will help you accept the inevitable-death. When you feel low or depressed due to the death of a dear one, please understand it’s only the body that has been destroyed, but the soul remains. If the death of a dear one affects your daily life and your karma, then you are just trying to escape from your responsibility.

Suppose you lost your relative or a dear friend. It is normal to feel sad and depressed but don’t let this depression take over and push you into the wrong doings like alcohol or drugs. Stand up straight, think logically and move ahead. It will be difficult initially, but find ways divert your mind towards positivity and happiness

Chapter 2- Verse 47

karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana-mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi

Commentary

Having acquired the state of a warrior you are now eligible to act in whatever way the stature of a warrior demands out of you. But you are not entitled to any benefits resulting from your actions. At the same time you cannot be in a state of inertia. you should act according to your stature, without any hope of enjoying the fruits of actions

Chapter 2-Verse 47 and its relation to our Daily Life Actions

It’s a simple explanation with an even simpler meaning- Just perform your duty and do not worry about the results.

Imagine you are taking part in a competition and you are only worried about the results. This worry does not allow you to prepare for the competition at the same time. The result obviously turns against you. On the other hand you do not think about the status of your result and spend maximum time in preparing yourself. Rest assured, the results will definitely favor you. It is as simple as that.

Chapter 2- Verse 63

krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ sammohāt smṛiti-vibhramaḥ-

smṛiti-bhranśhād buddhi-nāśho buddhi-nāśhāt praṇaśhyati

Commentary

Anger leads to clouding of judgement and this hampers ones memory power. This further leads to the destruction of your intellect and this completely ruins you.

Chapter 2- Verse 63 and its relation to our Daily Life Actions

Anger is a spontaneous emotion that ruins everything within seconds. When you get angry you lose the power to decide or judge the person or situation. Naturally you come to a wrong conclusion which completely ruins you and worsens the situation

When someone gives you a feedback what is your immediate reaction? Is it anger?if yes then you have misjudged the person and the situation you are in. naturally you are not able to think straight and this creates a sense of hatred in your mind towards that person. You conclude the situation on a bad note. Whenever you meet that person you get worked up and this affects your health– all because of your anger. Let’s take the opposite situation. Instead of getting angry, you accept the feedback with a positive mind and this breaks the barrier. You are able to move forward and maintain a healthy and a balanced relationship with the person who gave you the feedback. So always find ways to manage your anger and everything is cool.

Conclusion

The verses from chapter 2 is all about accepting the situation and also accepting yourself as a person.