Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 42

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-7

prcchämi tväm dharma-sammüdha-cetäh
yac chreyah syän niscitam brühi tan me
sisyas te ’ham sädhi mäm tväm prapannam[1]


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.


By nature’s own way the complete system of material activities is a source of perplexity for everyone. In every step there is perplexity, and therefore it behooves one to approach a bona fide spiritual master who can give one proper guidance for executing the purpose of life. All Vedic literatures advise us to approach a bona fide spiritual master to get free from the perplexities of life, which happen without our desire. They are like a forest fire that somehow blazes without being set by anyone. Similarly, the world situation is such’ that perplexities of life automatically appear, without our wanting such confusion. No one wants fire, and yet it takes place, and we become perplexed. The Vedic wisdom thereforeadvises that in order to solve the perplexities of life and to understand the science of the solution, one must approach a spiritual master who is in the disciplic succession. A person with a bona fide spiritual master is supposed to know everything. One should not, therefore, remain in material perplexities but should approach a spiritual master.



  1. kärpanya—of miserliness; dosa—by the weakness; upahata—being afflicted;
    sva-bhävah—characteristics; prcchämi=I am asking; tväm=unto You; dharma=religion; sammüdha=bewildered; cetäh=in heart; yat=what; sreyah=all-good; syät=may be; niscitam=confidently; brühi=tell; tat=that; me=unto me; siayah=disciple; te=Your; aham=I am; sädhi=just instruct; mäm=me; tväm=unto You; prapannam=surrendered.

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