Chapter 2: Verse 2, Samkhya Yoga
Klaibyam maa sma gamah paartha naitat twayyupapadyate;
Kshudram hridaya daurbalyam tyaktwottishtha parantapa.
Yield not to impotence, O Arjuna, son of Pritha! It does not befit thee.
Cast off this mean weakness of the heart. Stand up, O scorcher of foes!
Lord Krishna continues his harsh speak to Arjuna and shoots of this sloka. The meaning of this is, Why are you indulging in the impotence of mind Arjuna, you are born in the dynasty of greats. Having born in such a family with such heroics and virtues it doesn’t look good for you to exhibit this kind of behavior. In the next line Krishna gets little bit soft at a shocked and silent Arjuna and asks him to get rid of this weakness of his heart. He advises him to get that lost courage and stand up. He subtly reminds Arjuna how powerful warrior he is.
Extending interpretation to Mankind’s life!
There are two words in this sloka that needs our attention. One is “impotent” and other is “weakness”. The word impotent is used in a different context in today’s world, but the meaning that Krishna wanted to convey was different. What Krishna was referring to was the mental impotency of Arjuna.
Who is an impotent by mind? Anyone who cannot keep his resolve strong is an impotent.
Simple example. How many times it happens to us that we make a strong resolve to do or achieve something and we give up within days! That is impotency. The day you neglect an activity or go back on your promise you are an impotent. Impotency makes you neither a man nor a women. Impotency is not about making you like opposite gender. Impotency is like making you gender less.
The reason is simple, both men and women are equally competent and potent. If you lack that competency to constantly do things and the potency to face every hardship and keep doing your task. Both men and women who practice this are potent and those who can’t are impotent.
The other word is “weakness”. This is very much linked to “impotent”. They have a cause and effect relationship. The cause of impotency is weakness. In short, weakness is the cause and the effect is impotency. So a person in order to remain potent needs to overcome the weakness. Weakness towards people, things and situations.
How do we do that? We will study them in the coming slokas. Till then……
“SARVE JANA SUKHINO BHAVANTU
SARVE SANTU NIRAAMAYA
SARVE BHADRANI PASHYANTU
MA KASCHITH DUKHA MAPNIYA”
“MAY ALL BECOME HAPPY,
MAY ALL BE FREE FROM ILLNESS,
MAY ALL SEE WHAT IS AUSPICIOUS,
MAY NO ONE SUFFER”