Chapter 6 Dhyana Yoga Verse 24
Shloka
Sri Bhagavaan Uvaacha:
Praapya punyakritaam lokaanushitwaa shaashwateeh samaah;
Shucheenaam shreemataam gehe yogabhrashto’bhijaayate.
Translation
The blessed Lord Said:
Having attained to the worlds of the righteous and, having dwelt there for everlasting years,
he who fell from Yoga is reborn in the house of the pure and wealthy.
Interpretation
After listening to all the questions of Arjuna patiently, Lord Krishna starts to answer him. He says that a person who has walked the righteous path and attained the World of righteousness will always be Protected. Even such a person who has been on the righteous path for several years, if he fell from the path of yoga, for whatever reason will not have to worry at all. Lord Krishna says such a person will be born in the house of pure and wealthy. Wealthy here need not mean wealth of money but it is the wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
A very interesting thing, Lord Krishna tells us in the sloka. We all feel that falling from the path of yoga is a crime for which we are punishable. But Lord Krishna says the opposite. He says that such kind of a person will not be punishable but will be born in a pure and wealthy family. How is it possible? To understand this, we need to understand Karma. If you are a person who is living a pure and good life, helping people, you are accumulating a lot of good karma. It is not always possible for people to be on 100% path of dharma always. Sometimes they do waver and move away from the path of Yoga.
If that happens, then it is counted as bad karma. But that doesn’t take away the good karma that the person has accumulated over the years. God always is on our side. He gives us chances as long as we deserve them. So, when you fall from the path of yoga but if the person has spent many years following the path of dharma, he will be given another chance. He will be born in a house where people have the knowledge as wealth and that will show him the direction required for attaining the path of yoga. So, one should never feel that God punishes for every mistake we do. Punishments will only come in the form of bad karma when the bad we do exceeds the good that we have already done, and its not in just one birth but an accumulation of many births.