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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 41

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 41
vyavasayatmika buddhir
ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-sakha hy anantas ca
buddhayo 'vyavasayinam

Translation:
Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many-branched.

Explanation:
In the previous three verse Krishna has introduced and glorfied buddhi yoga. He now talks about how can one take to this path.

The materialists are fickle because they follow the dictates of the ever changing mind. Driven by the dictates of the mind they may worship various demi-gods (devas), follow various processes or rituals. Since their intentions are not clear – material or spiritual success, they vacillate between the various injunctions given in the Vedas in pursuit of happiness.

Using arguments like this, Krishna sharpens Arjuna's intelligence. Krishna attempts to provide Arjuna with the straight and direct path to bhakti. In the next 21 verses (2.42-2.63) He attempts to remove all obstacles that stand in the way of Arjuna's fixed determination to surrender.

Srila Prabhupada comments, "When one is situated in Krishna consciousness, all activities are on the absolute plane, for they are no longer subject to dualities like good and bad. The highest perfection of Krishna consciousness is renunciation of the material conception of life. This state is automatically achieved by progressive Krishna consciousness. "

For members of ISKCON, this verse has a special significance. It was this verse that fixed the resolve of Srila Prabhupada to preach in the west and rest is history.

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

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