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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 65

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 65
prasade sarva-duhkhanam
hanir asyopajayate
prasanna-cetaso hy asu
buddhih paryavatishthate

For one thus satisfied [in Krishna consciousness], the threefold miseries of material existence exist no longer; in such satisfied consciousness, one's intelligence is soon well established.

Krishna contunues to describe the conduct of one who is transcendentally situated. In the last verse He mentions that such a person is free from attachment and aversion and controls his senses. For such a person, the understanding of the relationship between the living entity and the Supreme becomes established. As a result of this the threefold miseries cease.

What does it mean that the miseries exist no longer? The acaryas have give us the following explanation for this. When one begins the process of devotional service, then by the force of devoion all past sinful reactions are immediately burnt off and thus the process of sufferring ceases. However, just as a fan that has been disconnected continues to rortate for some time, a devotee may suffer for some time, but these are simply small tokens of what they would have suffered by the full force of their karma. Also a devotee becomes unaffected by the pushings of the material world (2.55-2.57) and thus becomes indifferent to any thing that may come as a result of its interactions. So even if there are suffering they do not effect a devotee in the same way as they would effect a non-devotee.

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


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