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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 53

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 53
sruti-vipratipanna te
yada sthasyati niscala
samadhav acala buddhis
tada yogam avapsyasi

When your mind is no longer disturbed by the flowery language of the Vedas, and when it remains fixed in the trance of self-realization, then you will have attained the divine consciousness.

Most of the Vedas promote one to a higher consciousness through the process of pious enjoyment and satiation. While this may be a way for many souls, Krishna does not recommend it for Arjuna or one in a higher state of consciousness. Srila Prabhupada comments, "A Krishna conscious person, or unflinching devotee of the Lord, should not be disturbed by the flowery language of the Vedas nor be engaged in fruitive activities for promotion to the heavenly kingdom. In Krishna consciousness, one comes directly into communion with Krishna, and thus all directions from Krishna may be understood in that transcendental state."

An important point to note that Krishna is not advocating the rejection of the Vedas, for that would put His own words in doubt. His emphasis is not to get bewildered with the seeming contradictions in the Vedas. We see the same apparent contradictions in the Bhagavad-gita where Krishna at different times seems to glorify various aspects of spirituality. However, in the end He ties it all together and explains their relative importance. In understanding matter of spirituality it is important to also understand the context in which it is spoken – else there is always the danger of coming to incomplete or incorrect conclusions.

In this verse Krishna mentions "divine consciousness" as the goal of buddhi yoga or devotional service. Arjuna in the next verse will inquire further about this stage.

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

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