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					Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
  Chapter 3, Text 31-35.
Text 31-32.
                       ye me matam idaà nityam
                          anutiñöhanti mänaväù
                        çraddhävanto 'nasüyanto
                       mucyante te 'pi karmabhiù
                        ye tv etad abhyasüyanto
                        nänutiñöhanti me matam
                       sarva-jïäna-vimüòhäàs tän
                         viddhi nañöän acetasaù
       “Those persons who execute their duties according to My
         injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully,
         without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive
         actions. But those who, out of envy, disregard these
         teachings and do not follow them regularly are to be
         considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled, and
         ruined in their endeavors for perfection.”
Faith in Lord and His potencies.
       • Many philosophers write comments
         on the Bhagavad-gétä, but have no faith
         in Kåñëa. They will never be liberated
         from the bondage of fruitive action.
         E.g. Lord Shiva & Parvati coming to
         Triveni sangam as lepor and testing
         everyone’s faith.
         E.g. Narada meeting with brahmana
         and cobler.
Text 33
                   sadåçaà ceñöate svasyäù
                     prakåter jïänavän api
                     prakåtià yänti bhütäni
                     nigrahaù kià kariñyati
          “Even a man of knowledge acts
            according to his own nature, for
            everyone follows the nature he
            has acquired from the three
            modes. What can repression
            accomplish?”
Grip of three modes of nature.
        • One under three modes of
          material nature is like addicted to
          intoxication, and helplessly acts
          under the control of three modes.
        • Academic qualifications cannot
          help one to surpass the three
          modes of nature.
          E.g. Ravana, learned, but under
          the control of three modes,
          similarly educated people live
          nasty and unclean life with bad
          habits.
Text 34.
                         indriyasyendriyasyärthe
                       räga-dveñau vyavasthitau
                       tayor na vaçam ägacchet
                      tau hy asya paripanthinau
           “There are principles to regulate
             attachment and aversion pertaining to
             the senses and their objects. One
             should not come under the control of
             such attachment and aversion,
             because they are stumbling blocks on
             the path of self-realization.”
Importance of rules and regulations.
        • One should not follow rules and
          regulations focusing on sense
          enjoyment.
        • E.g. King Aila becoming attracted
          to Urvasi, the heavenly girl.
          Benediction to have her for one
          day in a year and desperately
          waiting for that one day every
          year.
          E.g. Accidents on interstates.
Text 35.
                       çreyän sva-dharmo viguëaù
                       para-dharmät sv-anuñöhität
                      sva-dharme nidhanaà çreyaù
                        para-dharmo bhayävahaù
           “It is far better to discharge one's
              prescribed duties, even though faultily,
              than another's duties perfectly.
              Destruction in the course of performing
              one's own duty is better than engaging
              in another's duties, for to follow
              another's path is dangerous.”
Importance of following sva-dharma
        • Material and spiritual duties for
          everyone, and following those duties is
          important.
        • Do not imitate other’s duties, it is
          dangerous,
          e.g. washerman’s dog and ass.
        • But one situated in transcendental
          position can act in any capacity
          without caring for rules of scriptures:
          e.g. Vishwamitra and Parshuram.
        • To attain that stage of Krsna
          Consciousness one advised to chant
          Hare Krsna.

				
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