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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 12

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 12
na tv evaham jatu nasam
na tvam neme janadhipah
na caiva na bhavishyamah
sarve vayam atah param

Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.

This is a very importance verses in the Bhagavad-gita, not only because it is the first teaching of Krishna to Arjuna as a disciple but also because it carries with it the very foundation of real spiritual endeavor. One must scrutinizing read and understands this verse before proceeding to further verses. In this verse Krishna makes the following important points:

* The soul in eternal. It exists now, has always existed in the past and will always exist in the future
* The soul is distinct and individual. It never has and never will loose its individuality
* Just like Arjuna and the kings are distinct – so is Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is forever distinct and an individual.
* Even though Krishna has appeared in the material world in a human-like form, He always remains God and never becomes conditioned. That never changes.

In this verse Krishna smashes the Mayavadis, who believe that God is an impersonal force and every one comes from the impersonal absolute and later merges into it. Krishna clearly says that is not the case, and every one retains their individuality all the time, whether in liberated or conditioned states.

With the basic nature the soul established (its eternal individuality); Krishna will now explain more of the nature of the soul and its relationship with the physical body.

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


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