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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 8

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 8
na hi prapasyami mamapanudyad
yac chokam ucchoshanam indriyanam
avapya bhumav asapatnam riddham
rajyam suranam api cadhipatyam

I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.

In the previous verse Arjuna surrenders to Krishna and requests Him to enlighten as a guru. However, Krishna does not accept Arjuna as a disciple right away. Krishna may refuse to accept Arjuna as a disciple since they are friends. Also, Arjuna has already presented so many expert arguments based on the sastras, so why does he now need a guru? Krishna may also ask Arjuna to take shelter of some other qualified gurus like Drona, Vyasa.

Arjuna anticipates this rebuttal from Krishna and pre-empts it in this verse by emphasizing that he has "no means to drive away this grief." In other words, no one else but Krishna could help him out in this situation.

Srila Prabhupada explains that Krishna first wants to make sure that Arjuna has faith in Him as a guru, since the basis of this relationship between a guru and disciple is complete and unconditional faith. A guru instructs the disciple on transcendental matters that are beyond the material senses and can only be accepted on the basis of faith. Economic development and material comforts never really solve the problem of lamentation or grief. In order to get real, lasting solutions, each of us should look to spiritual solutions, which will solve the root problems and not just provide symptomatic relief.

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


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