Gita 02.44 explained

And after that Krishna describes give up that attachment.

BG 2.44



vyavasayatmika buddhih

samadhau na vidhiyate


bhogato material enjoyment; aisvarya — and opulence; prasaktanam — for those who are attached; taya — by such things; apahritacetasam — bewildered in mind; vyavasayaatmika — fixed in determination; buddhih — devotional service to the Lord; samadhauin the controlled mind; na — never; vidhiyate — does take place.


In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things, the resolute determination for devotional service to the Supreme Lord does not take place.


bhogaisvarya-prasaktanam, so when one is attached to Bhoga and Aisvarya, one is attached to sense gratification and opulence then apahrita-cetasa, once consciousness becomes abducted, Krishna has heard Arjuna use the same reference earlier when he has used Lobho apahat-cetasa, Arjuna is saying our consciousness is abducted by lobha and that is why we are contemplating killing people like that, killing our own relatives for the sake of wealth, but Krishna is saying this whole calculation in terms of wealth and enjoyment, Bhoga and Aisvarya, is based on ignorance, so apahat-cetasa, so the material consciousness itself is indication of one having lost once consciousness to the abduction of material desires. And when one’s consciousness is abducted one can’t think clearly then vyavasayatmika buddhih, what Krishna is talked about in 2.41 that one pointed intelligence is no longer possible, samadhau na vidhiyate, so when there is no one point intelligence then the transcendental destination samadhau, is not achieved 

So in 2.41 He says you have to be fixed and those who are not fixed they cannot achieve the transcendental destination. And who are not fixed? Those who are attracted to material things, therefore Krishna says Arjuna in 2.44 that don’t become attracted to material things, indirectly He says that if you are attracted to material things you will not get one point attraction.

This is actually very significant for all of us, in our spiritual life also actually we all know how attachment blinds us but we have to ask ourselves how much do I have to lose before I lose my blindness, what is that means? We look at the example of  Dhritarastra, Dhritarastra blindness was not just physical, it was intellectual, it was spiritual, and that was caused by attachment and time and again so many people tried to give him good advice, not just Vidura alone, Bhisma, Drona, Sanjaya his own assistant, then Gandhari, Vyasa, Matreya rishi, Narada also but attachment has blinded him and how much he had to lose before he lose his attachment, it was everything, 100 sons, his dignity, at the end Vidura cut off his attachment. So fortunately we don’t have to lose so much to lose our blindness. We have to use spiritual knowledge by studying and hearing BG, SB and cutoff the attachments one by one …otherwise we will have to pay for it by continues suffering. So how much I have to lose before I lose my blindness.


So apahrita is a very graphic word which is used for abducting and kidnaping, for example a child going to school and some criminal abducts and ask for ransom in the same way we are chanting our rounds and indulge in Krishna consciousness activities and suddenly Kama, lobha, comes and abducts our consciousness and then our thought will not go to Krishna and ransom for hostage is indulgence we think ok this desire is troubling me so much if I just indulge in it then the desire will go away and then I become peaceful then I can do what I want, so now if it is within Dharmic limit then it is fine we can do it, and get some temporary relief but we will not be released or freed from it. What is the difference in relief and release, relief means we have some trouble and we get some relief but release means we get freed from it, if we want release we won’t get it by indulgence because indulgence when lust is troubling us, come on do this and that, if we indulge in it then by that actually the desire becomes stronger when desire will become stronger we will be in greater trouble and next time we will be having more difficulty in coming out of it. Like the criminal who gets ransom next time he can again do it so parent has to doubly guard that next time the child is not abducted. So we have to guard our consciousness that my consciousness should not be abducted like this. 

So we have to be very careful otherwise lust and greed can take up to the game where we just keep paying higher and higher ransoms and ultimately we become completely addicted and lost. We pay ransom and in a few moments the desire comes again and that time we are terribly entangled, it is very difficult to come out but of course we can come out, by redirecting our attachment to Krishna. When Krishna fills our mind then nobody can abduct our mind, here consciousness and mind are used interchangeably because consciousness is directed through the mind, mind is the route of consciousness, so here cetasa refers to the soul which is routed in the material world through the mind, if we fill our consciousness with Krishna and services to Krishna then presence of Krishna is the deterrent the strongest deterrent for lust, anger and greed and another anrthas to abduct our consciousness, like when the child is there with strong body guards then child will not be abducted similarly when Krishna is with us nobody will come. So in this way we can keep ourselves safe protected from these material attachments but we keep ourselves protected when we first understand that there is danger so that is what Krishna is warning, you stay on with material attachment if you don’t give up Bhoga and Aishvarya, lust and greed will abduct our consciousness.

Author: Bhavin Kataria

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