You are deathless, birthless, You are the infinite spirit (Bhagavad Gita 2.22- 30)

This part of the Bhagavad Gita I like the most. Sri Krishna continues…

Just as a person gives up old worn-out garments and puts on new ones, the same way the Self gives up old and useless bodies and accepts new ones. (2.22)

This drives home the point that you are not the body. You are the Self and you have these bodies. Nothing more need be said about this (please refer the previous posts).

This (the Self) can never be cut into pieces by the weapons, nor burnt by fire, nor moistened by water, nor dried by the wind. (2.23)

This (the Self) cannot be broken, it cannot be burned, it cannot be dissolved, it cannot be dried, it is eternal, all pervading, immovable, unchangeable and eternally the same. (2.24)

This (the Self) is impersonal, inconceivable, unchangeable. Thus knowing This to be such, you don’t deserve to lament. (2.25)

These three verses emphatically states that the Self is non-physical and removes all illusions and fears that may arise due to identifying oneself with the physical body.

Okay, but what if you are not able to accept all such concepts of about the Self? All we see is the physical body and, after all, Krishna himself says the soul is inconceivable. So why try to convince oneself with such unthinkable concepts? You may think so, that’s fine. Sri Krishna answers…

Even if you take this to have constant birth and death, you still don’t deserve to lament, O mighty armed! (2.26)

For, certain is death for the born and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable you should not grieve. (2.27)

All beings are unmanifested in their beginning, O Bharata, manifested in their middle state and unmanifested again in their end. What is there then to grieve about? (2.28)

A lump of clay on the surface of the earth takes the form of the pot, retains the form for a while, and then it’s broken and gets back to being the mass of clay on the surface of the earth. Similarly all beings are unmanifested in the beginning, manifest in the middle state and unmanifested again in the end. What’s there to grieve?

Some see This (the Self) with amazement, some speak about This with amazement. Yet others hear about This with amazement and there are others, who even after hearing about This don’t know (understand). (2.29)

Perhaps, this verse implies that only a few actually experience the real non-physical Self. Others speak about the Self, hear about it from others, and there are many others who even after hearing don’t understand at all. So, even if you can’t understand the Self, don’t worry, you still don’t have a reason to grieve as long as you can understand that death is certain for everything that’s born.

Grief is just unnecessary. Accept the inevitable and do what needs to be done. That is it.

This Self, the indweller in the body of everyone, is always indestructible, O Arjuna! Therefore, you need not grieve for any creature. (2.30)

Okay, this quote from Swami Vivekananda sums it up all, in meaning and spirit.

Stand up and fight! Not one step back, that is the idea. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the spheres! Let the whole world stand against us! Death means only a change of garment. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune. You have cried to all the gods in the world. Has misery ceased? … The gods come to help you when you have succeeded. So what is the use? Die game. … You are infinite, deathless, birthless. Because you are infinite spirit, it does not befit you to be a slave. Arise! Awake! Stand up and fight!

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13 thoughts on “You are deathless, birthless, You are the infinite spirit (Bhagavad Gita 2.22- 30)

  1. The word “fight” reminds me about Bruce Lee’s words

    Question: What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
    Bruce: There is no opponent.
    Question: Why is that?
    Bruce: Because the word ”l” does not exist.


    Satish

  2. Thanks for sharing that Satish, how beautifully he said that! Bruce Lee was not just a great actor and somebody highly skilled in martial arts, I consider him also to be great philosopher and yogi.

  3. Hi Srini,

    We can see the power of self when we become ignorant of the ego and the magic of senses, but it becomes so difficult to be just what we are. The pure self, the way we are born. We are posessed with everything during birth, but as we grow we tend to be drawn away from who we are & what we are.

    Quote from Swami Vivekananda is inspiring, ‘Fight it out, whatever comes.’ ‘You gain nothing by being cowards”You are infinite, deathless, birthless!’.

    Good post,keep it up!

  4. True, initially we are the pure self, but as we go on we get distracted and lose our way. Becoming ignorant of the ego? I look at it this way: we see the power of the self when we become aware of the mischiefs of the ego and realize that ‘I am ego’ is false, Self is the only truth.

  5. I love the quote by Swami Vivekananda about “Fight it out …”

    just yesterday i watched a Youtube video interview with David Frost and Julian Assange (wikileaks cofounder) …

    David asked Julian about original motto when forming WikiLeaks which apparently was, “Courage is Contagious” … then Julian went on to explain that air travel over the Atlantic in the 1920s and 1930s was only done by a few people with tremendous courage yet because of their leadership, today, millions of people fly over the Atlantic never thinking a bit about courage …

    Accordingly, Yippee to Swami V.’s leadership and encouraging Peaceful Warriors of Light to Blast forward in ways that would make Bruce Lee proud … now if i can only remember my favorite katas :>0 cordially, chuck scott

    ps – link to video interview -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6mcSXge4Qo

  6. Chuck, absolutely! Courage is what leadership is all about, and it’s much needed at this point of time, it has almost become an urgent necessity. Let’s take inspiration from people like Vivekananda, Bruce Lee, Julian Assange. And thanks for the video link, I’ll check.

  7. You are deathless, birthless, you are infinite spirit. It does not befit you to be a slave. Arise! Awake! Stand up and fight. I draw encouragement from these great and inspiring words. We become slaves to convention and other forms of tyranny, oppression and intimidation . We fear others, what they may think, say or do. If we live by fear, we live as slaves. A true man is a fighter and warrior. It was what man was destined to be. A great man will fight for a cause greater than himself that leads to the betterment of others in the end. Evil flourishes when good people are weak and apathetic. Cowardice is never an answer but merely permits the iniquity and negativity to persist. Darkness will exist forever if we refuse to light just one candle. Even God said to Joshua in the Bible, Stand up and brace yourself like a man. To live by courage is to live in freedom.

  8. Valour and courage are noble attributes when they they somehow contribute to the greater good or bring the prospect of light into the moral darkness of the universe. This is so despite the risk to ourselves. Some men have the minds of beasts and are beyond redemption or reason. Pure actions and motives will be trampled into the dust. Jesus understood this when he said, Do not cast pearls before swine; do not give what is holy to dogs. It is necessary to fight against evil and spiritual darkness manifest in lower and unevolved human life, some of whom have the souls only of wild, carnal animals. Kindness and love is wasted on them. The darkness can never comprehend the light.

  9. very nice post Srini. thanks for the reminder. I have been trying for some time now, to enter a state of absolute realization with the self. Can’t say I am there, but I am enjoying the journey.
    Agree with you Satish. Bruce was as much into personal development and growth, as in Martial Arts. I have been training in martial arts for a few years now and my understanding is that, being good in self defense requires you to be very humble and aware at all times.
    I am glad to have you as an acquaintance Srini 🙂

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