Chapter 2: Contents of the Gītā Summarized

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.5

gurūn ahatvā hi mahānubhāvān

śreyo bhoktuḿ bhaikṣyam apīha loke

hatvārtha-kāmāḿs tu gurūn ihaiva

bhuñjīya bhogān rudhira-pradigdhān


gurūn — the superiors; ahatvā — not killing; hi — certainly; mahā-anubhāvān — great souls; śreyaḥit is better; bhoktumto enjoy life; bhaikṣyam — by begging; api — even; ihain this life; lokein this world; hatvā — killing; artha — gain; kāmān — desiring; tu — but; gurūn — superiors; ihain this world; eva — certainly; bhuñjīya — one has to enjoy; bhogān — enjoyable things; rudhira — blood; pradigdhān — tainted with.


It would be better to live in this world by begging than to live at the cost of the lives of great souls who are my teachers. Even though desiring worldly gain, they are superiors. If they are killed, everything we enjoy will be tainted with blood.


According to scriptural codes, a teacher who engages in an abominable action and has lost his sense of discrimination is fit to be abandoned. Bhīṣma and Droṇa were obliged to take the side of Duryodhana because of his financial assistance, although they should not have accepted such a position simply on financial considerations. Under the circumstances, they have lost the respectability of teachers. But Arjuna thinks that nevertheless they remain his superiors, and therefore to enjoy material profits after killing them would mean to enjoy spoils tainted with blood.

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