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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 3

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 3
klaibyam ma sma gamah partha
naitat tvayy upapadyate
kshudram hridaya-daurbalyam
tyaktvottishtha parantapa

O son of Pritha, do not yield to this degrading impotence. It does not become you. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O chastiser of the enemy.

Srila Prabhupada reveals a subtle interplay between the verses. In response to Krishna's chastisement Verse 2.2 Arjuna may have said that it is not "impurities" as Krishna is suggesting, but magnanimity that is compelling to behave as he is. Arjuna may say this it is not out of ignorance but on account of his compassion, good heart and discrimination that he is declining to fight. Anticipating this line of argument, in this verse Krishna dispels this also. He says that this is not discretion based on dharma and mercy, but bewilderment and lamentation, indications of a weak mind. Therefore give up this weakness of mind and rise up.

Since Krishna is condemning Arjuna's position of compassion, this may lead one to believe that a vaishanava or a devotee is devoid of compassion. Srila Prabhupada explains that Krishna actually condemns false compassion. A vaishnava does not lament when one suffers since he understands that it is the nature of the material world. However he laments when a soul, out of ignorance, chooses to suffer by closely identifying with the material body. Thus a vaishnava is call "para-dukha-dukhi." One who laments for the ignorance of others.

Finally Krishna sarcastically calls Arjuna 'parantapa,' the chastiser of enemies – in sharp contrast of his current position of being overwhelmed by the enemies on the battle field and the enemies of ignorance and indecision.

Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.

You can view the previous verses at the following address:http://groups.google.com/group/bgdailyverses

Sent-by: ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple of Washington DC
10310 Oaklyn Dr., Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 990-2100


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