Gita Madhurya -Ramsukhdas 140

Gita Madhurya -Swami Ramsukhdas

Chapter XVI


O Lord, then what happens to them?

O Son of Kunti, cast into demoniac wombs, birth after birth, these deluded ones, without ever attaining Mc, fall into still baser state viz., foulest of hells.(20)

What is the root cause of their falling into hells, O Lord?

Passion (lust), anger and greed, these constitute the triple gate to hell leading to the damnation of the soul. Therefore one should abandon these three.(21)

What happens after abandoning them?

O Kaunteya, the man released from these three gates to hell, works for his own salvation viz., does not indulge in forbidden actions, but performs actions approved by the scriptures without having any desire for their fruit and thus reaches the Highest-Goal.(22)

Who fails to attain the Highest-Goal?

He. who casting aside the ordinance of the scriptures, acts according to his own sweet will, attains neither perfection (Purification of the inner sense), nor happiness nor the Supreme-Goal.(23)

What is the criterion of good and evil actions?

Let the scriptures be the authority in determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done. Therefore you should perform only such actions as are sanctioned by the ordinance of the scriptures.(24)


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