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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 44

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 44
vyavasayatmika buddhih
samadhau na vidhiyate

In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things, the resolute determination for devotional service to the Supreme Lord does not take place.

Krishna builds on the theme of the previous verse – people who are attracted to the fruitive activities prescribed in the Vedas will become conditioned to the material enjoyment and prosperity. Srila Prabhupada comments, "When the mind is fixed for understanding the self, it is said to be in samadhi. Samadhi is never possible for persons interested in material sense enjoyment, nor for those who are bewildered by such temporary things. They are more or less condemned by the process of material energy."

This is one of the reasons why even the demigods (devas) find it difficult to make spiritual advancement. Even though, compared to the humans, they are much more pious and have an evolved consciousness – being strongly in the mode of pious enjoyment, they find it difficult to execute devotional service with complete surrender.

Many scriptures glorify the human form of birth for precisely this reason. In this form, the consciousness is sufficiently evolved to inquire about the path of devotional service and senses equipped to follow this path and make advancements. However, unlike the demigods, humans are not exposed to the same level of sense gratification and opulence. Also, unlike the lower species like animals, plants, the rakshasas, danavas etc. the humans are not so strongly in the mode of ignorance that they can not even approach the path of spirituality.

The human form is blessed with an ideal mixture of intelligence, happiness, distress and faculty to perfect their lives in the path of devotional service and is therefore even aspired for by denizens of the higher planets.

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


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