Chapter 5 Sanyasa Yoga Verse 20

Shloka

Ye hi samsparshajaa bhogaa duhkhayonaya eva te;
Aadyantavantah kaunteya na teshu ramate budhah.

Translation

The enjoyments that are born of contacts are generators of pain only,
for they have a beginning and an end, O Arjuna! The wise do not rejoice in them.

Interpretation

In this sloka Lord Krishna turns his attention to the things that cause pain and how wise men avoid those pains. He says that the pain for an individual is mainly due to the attraction of that person to the objects that given him enjoyment. Yes, the very objects that give you enjoyment also give you pain. The main reason for this is because these objects have a beginning and an end. As they have a beginning, when the enjoyment begins the person starts to enjoy and as the objects come to an end he starts feeling sad. The wise men stays away from them, says Lord Krishna.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

This is a shloka that teaches us how one should avoid things that have a beginning and an end. But the point is, everything has a beginning and all good things have to end. Then how is it possible to stay away? When you join your favourite college you will be very happy to be there. You spend three years of life, enjoying every moment of it. As the third year is coming to an end you start feeling sad that college is coming to an end. After that you will go for higher education and the same cycle repeats again. The same cycle continues when you start your career and when you keep changing jobs. So, the point is, is it wrong to feel good about starting something and feel bad when something comes to an end?

Yes, it is bad. It is bad because imagining that something is the beginning and something is the end is the source for all miseries. Your efforts in your school and high school have given you admission in college and your performance there gave you a job and the performance in those jobs gave you other jobs. So things are always connected. Life itself has no beginning and an end. It was there, it is there and it will be there. Like that things keep coming, keep going, so it is not advisable for a wise person to feel good or bad for it. He should take it as a gift from God and keep doing his work with always a positive attitude and that alone can take him to the wisdom and once you attain wisdom you dont rejoice in objects that have a beginning and an end.