Chapter 2, Sloka 10 – Samkhya Yoga

Sloka

Jaatasya hi dhruvo mrityur dhruvam janma mritasya cha;
Tasmaad aparihaarye’rthe na twam shochitum arhasi.

Translation

For, certain is death for the born and certain is birth for the dead;
therefore, over the inevitable thou should not grieve.

Interpretation

This is one of the most popular verses of Bhagavad Gita, which we would have heard many times, especially when mourning for someone. Here Lord Krishna after telling about the body and the soul tells this sentence. Everyone who is born on this world has to die someday. Everyone who is dead has to take a re birth again. So birth, death and again re birth are the part of the cycle of the evolution of soul and it is in the sense inevitable. He then advises Arjuna not to grieve for this inevitable thing.

Extending interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

How often we dread of losing someone who is close to us. Our parents, our life partner, our children all these are extremely dear to us and we get attached to them. Getting attached is fine but have you ever thought what this attachment brings? If it brings happiness, contentment and growth of one’s soul then its good. But if its bringing fear, doubt and unhappiness then its undesirable. Simple question. How can you allow your soul to suffer for the body which is temporary? The person you are attached to in this life was there in the previous life and will be there in the next lives. Then why should we feel sad for the death of a body when the soul is meeting you again and again?

Simply to put it, don’t feel sorrow and make your soul suffer. Every relationship is a continuous and it follows you in every birth. If you understand this simple truth, you will not feel sad for the loss of anyone, however close that person might be. You will always meet that person in your next birth and the spiritual journey continues………