Inner enemies are more to be given up than killed
Jan03

Inner enemies are more to be given up than killed

Practicing spiritual life is like fighting a war against our inner enemies. The Gita (16.21) cautions that the inner enemies of lust, anger and greed destroy the soul and lead to hell. Still, it concludes by urging us to give up these enemies, not kill them.

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Multiple metaphors magnify meaning
Dec27

Multiple metaphors magnify meaning

Wisdom-texts often use metaphors as intellectual tools. Metaphors make abstract, abstruse concepts intelligible by comparing them with concrete, clear things from the real world. The Bhagavad-gita uses metaphors frequently.

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The Gita is not always literal – it’s also literary
Dec12

The Gita is not always literal – it’s also literary

Some people ask, “Do you take everything in the Bhagavad-gita literally?” This is a loaded question. Answering yes provokes…

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When we remember Krishna, we dismember illusion
Jul02

When we remember Krishna, we dismember illusion

Suppose a warrior is being attacked by an enemy who is charging in with an upraised sword. But before the enemy comes close…

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Gita 16.21 explained

Link to purport by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada Transcript of Bhakti-Shastri class on this verse by Chaitanya…

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The soul is indestructible in constitution but destructible in cognition
Aug13

The soul is indestructible in constitution but destructible in cognition

The Bhagavad-gita in its second chapter repeatedly stresses the indestructibility of the soul. Yet the same Gita in its…

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