Gita discourse

Bhagavad Gita

Translation by Swami Prabhupad

Chapter Two : Contents of the Gita summarized   Verses 4 to 8

gurun ahatva hi mahanubhavan
sreyo bhoktum bhaiksyam apiha loke
hatvartha-kamams tu gurun ihaiva
bhunjiya bhogan rudhira-pradigdhan

 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.


na caitad vidmah kataran no gariyo
yad va jayema yadi va no jayeyuh
yan eva hatva na jijivisamas
te 'vasthitah pramukhe dhartarashtrah


 Nor do we know which is better--conquering them or being conquered by them. If we killed the sons of Dhrtarastra, we should not care to live. Yet they are now standing before us on the battlefield.


prcchami tvam dharma-sammudha-cetah
yac chreyah syan nischitam bruhi tan

shishyas te 'ham sadhi mam tvam prapannam

 Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of miserly weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me for certain what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me.


 na hi prapashyami mamapanudyad
yac chokam ucchoshanam indriyanam
avapya bhumav asapatnam rddham
rajyam suranam api chadhipatyam

I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.

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