Eternal Soul

The great warrior Arjuna looks out at the field of battle and the assembled multitude of warriors and kinsmen, ready to fight and to perish. He questions his friend Shri Krishna, the Supreme Person, on the meaning of life and duty. Lord Krishna describes the glory and eternal nature of the soul.

English Translation

(Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said:

na tv evāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ
na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ
na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ
sarve vayam ataḥ param
2:12 Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin
nāyaṁ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śāśvato ‘yaṁ purāṇo
na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre
2:20 For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
dehino ‘smin yathā dehe
kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir
dhīras tatra na muhyati
2:13 As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.
avināśi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idaṁ tatam
vināśam avyayasyāsya
na kaścit kartum arhati
2:17 That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.
nainaṁ chindanti śastrāṇi
nainaṁ dahati pāvakaḥ
na cainaṁ kledayanty āpo
na śoṣayati mārutaḥ
2:23 The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.

 

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