Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 118

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 3
Karma Yoga

33 – 34 – 35. Even the man of Wisdom acts in accordance with his Nature. All beings follow their own Nature; how can abstinence resolve anything ? Between the senses and the senseobjects, there exists mutual attraction and aversion. None should come under their control, for they are, indeed, obstacles on the Path. Preferable is one's own ordained Dharma (Perennial Principle) even tough imperfect, than following Dharma ordained for others, even though followed perfectly. Death in performance of one's own Dharma is preferable for the Dharma ordained for others is fraught with danger.
Bhashya :- If such is the matter, why then do all people not follow your advise ?' Enquired thus, Sri Krishna explains that it is according to their nature. प्रकृति means prior, primary influence. Though restraint with determination is desirable, the effect though restraint is temporary, but it may have lasting effect by repeated practice. tradition is powerful to be observed even for Brahma and others, thus has been observed. Even then it is possible to modify its effect by repeated practice. This is the intent of this verse. Therefore, even though war is terrible it is said to be preferable in this verse.