avināśi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idaṁ tatam
vināśam avyayasyāsya
na kaścit kartum arhati

“That by which the entire body is pervaded, you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable ātmā.”

Purport:
Kṛṣṇa said, “The soul pervades the entire body, but whereas when the body is destroyed, the soul remains eternally.” The soul cannot be killed. If one places a small amount of medicine on the top of the head the entire body becomes energized. In the same way the soul is very small, but when it goes inside the body, the body is activated and can work. If one places a small amount of sandal paste on the body, the entire body is cooled even if one places it on one part of the body.”

If someone has good qualities, where can they be located within the body? These qualities pervade the entire body. If one is very humble, speaks sweetly and has all good qualities, those qualities cannot be pinpointed in the body. When the sun rises, its rays illuminate and spread heat across the land. If the soul follows the Supreme Soul and practices spiritual life, then all good qualities appear throughout the body. The body will be illuminated and beneficial to us.

antavanta ime dehā
nityasyoktāḥ śarīriṇaḥ
anāśino ’prameyasya
tasmād yudhyasva bhārata

“The material bodies of the jīvātmā who is eternal, indestructible and immeasurable are known to be perishable. Therefore O Arjuna, fight.”

Purport:

Kṛṣṇa says, “The soul is eternal and the body is temporary. Follow the instructions of scripture as well as your kṣatriya dharma. Do not think about liberation or enjoyment as everything will come to you of its own accord by the affect of your karma. So follow the regulations and dharma of the soul.”

ya enaṁ vetti hantāraṁ
yaś cainaṁ manyate hatam
ubhau tau na vijānīto
nāyaṁ hanti na hanyate

“He who considers the jīvātmā to be either the killer or the killed is ignorant, for the self neither slays, nor is he slain by anyone.”

Purport:

No one can destroy or kill the soul. The soul is never dead and the soul is not the doer of independent karma. He cannot kill, be killed or cause others to be killed.

na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin
nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śāśvato ’yaṁ purāṇo
na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre

“The jīvātmā neither takes birth nor dies, nor does he experience repeated creation or growth. He is unborn, eternal and ever-existing. Though primeval, he remains ever-youthful. When the body is destroyed, the jīvātmā is not destroyed.”

Purport:

The soul is never born, nor does it ever die. It is beyond the cycle of birth and death. The soul is not young or old and when the body goes through these transformations the soul is not disturbed. The soul has no birth and is present in its eternal form and rasa. The soul is always fixed in its own position, but in its present state why is it found within the body which is physical and temporary? The soul has its own form and dharma. Everything is there; present. However, coming near objects that are not related to the soul, the soul becomes affected by this non-eternal anitya-dharma.

The soul is eternal, but in its present state because of being present with temporary objects, the soul comes under the effect of illusion. Arjuna is the eternal companion of God, Kṛṣṇa, but when he looked towards temporary relatives, his intelligence was lost. Then he was bewildered and thought it would be better to die than fight. By relating himself with temporary objects, the soul forgets its eternal nature and dharma and begins to perform material action. It is like when a ghost attacks and overpowers someone. The ghost then speaks from within and controls one’s actions and speech.

Arjuna had wandered a little distant from Kṛṣṇa, now Kṛṣṇa must tell him so many things such as, “You are the soul, follow the soul and your dharma, this is your duty. The soul does not transform, it is distinct from the six transformations of birth, growth, producing by-products, death and so forth.

This is the dharma of the body, not the soul. The soul has no birth or death and can never be destroyed. The dharma of the body should not be considered that of the soul, and the food of the body should not be considered food for the soul. The suffering of the body is not the suffering of the soul. Also, following the dharma of the body or maintaining the body is not helpful to the soul. Materially-minded people think that worship of the body is the same as worship of the soul.
Kṛṣṇa has therefore manifested this Bhagavad-gītā to instruct people on the truth of the soul. Inside the gītā, God invested all His potency. He gave svarupa-śakti, wanting to bring the living entities self-conception up from the nature of the body to that of the soul. This is called gītā, meaning the manifestation of svarupa-śakti. By doing kīrtana of this Gīta, one will achieve liberation from the material world with its attachments and conceptions. One will get liberation from all these temporary things. Therefore Kṛṣṇa gave all the śakti through His song of the gītā. By this method, he brought Arjuna out of the contamination of māyā.

[Translated from dictations given on the Bhagavad-gita, by Sripada Premananda Prabhu]

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avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasyasya
na kascit kartum arhati

“That by which the entire body is pervaded, you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable atma.”

Purport:
Krishna said, “The soul pervades the entire body, but whereas when the body is destroyed, the soul remains eternally.” The soul cannot be killed. If one places a small amount of medicine on the top of the head the entire body becomes energized. In the same way the soul is very small, but when it goes inside the body, the body is activated and can work. If one places a small amount of sandal paste on the body, the entire body is cooled even if one places it on one part of the body.”

If someone has good qualities, where can they be located within the body? These qualities pervade the entire body. If one is very humble, speaks sweetly and has all good qualities, those qualities cannot be pinpointed in the body. When the sun rises, its rays illuminate and spread heat across the land. If the soul follows the Supreme Soul and practices spiritual life, then all good qualities appear throughout the body. The body will be illuminated and beneficial to us.

antavanta ime deha
nityasyoktah saririnah
anasino ‘prameyasya
tasmad yudhyasva bharata

“The material bodies of the jivatma who is eternal, indestructible and immeasurable are known to be perishable. Therefore O Arjuna, fight.”

Purport:

Krishna says, “The soul is eternal and the body is temporary. Follow the instructions of scripture as well as your kshatriya dharma. Do not think about liberation or enjoyment as everything will come to you of its own accord by the affect of your karma. So follow the regulations and dharma of the soul.”

ya enam vetti hantaram
yas cainam manyate hatam
ubhau tau na vijanito
nayam hanti na hanyate

“He who considers the jivatma to be either the killer or the killed is ignorant, for the self neither slays, nor is he slain by anyone.”

Purport:

No one can destroy or kill the soul. The soul is never dead and the soul is not the doer of independent karma. He cannot kill, be killed or cause others to be killed.

na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato ‘yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire

“The jivatma neither takes birth nor dies, nor does he experience repeated creation or growth. He is unborn, eternal and ever-existing. Though primeval, he remains ever-youthful. When the body is destroyed, the jivatma is not destroyed.”

Purport:

The soul is never born, nor does it ever die. It is beyond the cycle of birth and death. The soul is not young or old and when the body goes through these transformations the soul is not disturbed. The soul has no birth and is present in its eternal form and rasa. The soul is always fixed in its own position, but in its present state why is it found within the body which is physical and temporary? The soul has its own form and dharma. Everything is there; present. However, coming near objects that are not related to the soul, the soul becomes affected by this non-eternal anitya-dharma.

The soul is eternal, but in its present state because of being present with temporary objects, the soul comes under the effect of illusion. Arjuna is the eternal companion of God, Krishna, but when he looked towards temporary relatives, his intelligence was lost. Then he was bewildered and thought it would be better to die than fight. By relating himself with temporary objects, the soul forgets its eternal nature and dharma and begins to perform material action. It is like when a ghost attacks and overpowers someone. The ghost then speaks from within and controls one’s actions and speech.

Arjuna had wandered a little distant from Krishna, now Krishna must tell him so many things such as, “You are the soul, follow the soul and your dharma, this is your duty. The soul does not transform, it is distinct from the six transformations of birth, growth, producing by-products, death and so forth.

This is the dharma of the body, not the soul. The soul has no birth or death and can never be destroyed. The dharma of the body should not be considered that of the soul, and the food of the body should not be considered food for the soul. The suffering of the body is not the suffering of the soul. Also, following the dharma of the body or maintaining the body is not helpful to the soul. Materially-minded people think that worship of the body is the same as worship of the soul.

Krishna has therefore manifested this Bhagavad-gita to instruct people on the truth of the soul. Inside the gita, God invested all His potency. He gave svarupa-sakti, wanting to bring the living entities self-conception up from the nature of the body to that of the soul. This is called gita, meaning the manifestation of svarupa-sakti. By doing kirtana of this Gita, one will achieve liberation from the material world with its attachments and conceptions. One will get liberation from all these temporary things. Therefore Krishna gave all the sakti through His song of the gita. By this method, he brought Arjuna out of the contamination of maya.

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