Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-72
esa brähmi sthitih pärtha
That is the way of the spiritual and godly life, after attaining which a man is not bewildered. If one is thus situated even at the hour of death, one can enter into the kingdom of God.
One can attain krsna consciousness or divine life at once, within a second—or one may not attain such a state of life even after millions of births. It is only a matter of understanding and accepting the fact. Khatvänga Mahäräja attained this state of life just a few minutes before his death, by surrendering unto Krsna. Nirväna means ending the process of materialistic life. According to Buddhist philosophy, there is only void after the completion of this material life, but Bhagavad-gitateaches differently. Actual life begins after the completion of this material life. For the gross materialist it is sufficient to know that one has to end this materialistic way of life, but for persons who are spiritually advanced, there is another life after this materialistic life. Before ending this life, if one fortunately becomes krsna conscious, he at once attains the stage of brahma-nirväna. There is no difference between the kingdom of God and the devotional service of the Lord. Since both of them are on the absolute plane, to be engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord is to have attained the spiritual kingdom. In the material world there are activities of sense gratification,whereas in the spiritual world there are activities of krsna consciousness. Attainment of krsna consciousness even during this life is immediate attainment of Brahman, and one who is situated in krsna consciousness has certainly already entered into the kingdom of God. Brahman is just the opposite of matter. Therefore brähmi sthiti means “not on the platform of material activities.” Devotional service of the Lord is accepted in the Bhagavad-gitaas the liberated stage (sa gunän samatityaitän brahma-bhüyäya kalpate). Therefore, brähmé sthiti is liberation from material bondage. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thäkura has summarized this Second Chapter of the Bhagavad-gitaas being the contents for the whole text. In the Bhagavad-gita, the subject matters are karma-yoga, jïäna-yoga, and bhakti-yoga. In the Second Chapter karma-yoga and jnäna-yoga have been clearly discussed, and a glimpse of bhakti-yoga has also been given, as the contents for the complete text.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Second Chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad-gitain the matter of its Contents.
- esa=this; brähmi=spiritual; sthitih=situation; pärtha=O son of Prthä; na=never; enäm=this; präpya=achieving; vimuhyati=one is bewildered; sthitvä=being situated; asyäm=in this; anta-käle=at the end of life; api=also; brahma-nirvänam=the spiritual kingdom of God; rcchati=one attains.