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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 70

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 70
apuryamanam acala-pratishtham
samudram apah pravisanti yadvat
tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve
sa santim apnoti na kama-kami

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires — that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still — can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.

In the last verse Krishna contrasted the nature of a materialist and a spiritualist. Now He continues to expand on this using another analogy, that of an ocean.

There are two important points to note in this analogy. First the fact that rivers never cease to flow into the ocean. Similarly desires never cease to come up in the mind of a person. Second, despite the incessant flow of desires, the ocean does not become agitated. The ocean is always full in itself. It does not become agitated if the rivers enter or dry up if they do not.

Similarly a transcendentally situated person is peaceful whether or not he gets the objects of enjoyment. The desires may be there, but he does not get agitated by them. The desires may or may not be fulfilled, but he does not enjoy or lament because of this. Srila Prabhupada comments, "That is the proof of a Krishna conscious man-one who has lost all inclinations for material sense gratification, although the desires are present. Because he remains satisfied in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he can remain steady, like the ocean, and therefore enjoy full peace. Others, however, who want to fulfill desires even up to the limit of liberation, what to speak of material success, never attain peace."

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


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