Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-8
na hi prapasyämi mamäpanudyäd
I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven.
Although Arjuna was putting forward so many arguments based on knowledge of the principles of religion and moral codes, it appears that he was unable to solve his real problem without the help of the spiritual master, Lord Krsna. He could understand that his so-called knowledge was useless in driving away his problems, which were drying up his whole existence; and it was impossible for him to solve such perplexities without the help of a spiritual master like Lord Krsna. Academic knowledge, scholarship, high position, etc., are all useless in solving the problems of life; help can be given only by a spiritual master like Krsna. Therefore, the conclusion is that a spiritual master who is one hundred percentkrsnaconscious is the bona fide spiritual master, for he can solve the problems of life. Lord Caitanya said that one who is master in the science of krsna consciousness, regardless of his social position, is the real spiritual master.
kibä vipra, kibä nyäsi, südra kene naya
“It does not matter whether a person is a vipra [learned scholar in Vedic wisdom] or is born in a lower family, or is in the renounced order of life—if he is master in the science of Krsna, he is the perfect and bona fide spiritual master.” So without being a master in the science ofkrsnaconsciousness, no one is a bona fide spiritual master. It is also said in Vedic literature:
- na=do not; hi=certainly; prapasyämi=I see; mama=my; apanudyät=can drive away; yat=that which; sokam=lamentation; ucchosanam=drying up; indriyänäm=of the senses; aväpya=achieving; bhümau=on the earth; asapatnam=without rival; åddham=prosperous; räjyam=kingdom; suränäm=of the demigods; api=even; ca=also; ädhipatyam=supremacy.
- Caitanya-carit ämåta, Madhya 8.128