Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter VI: 40

May 23, 2020

śrībhagavān uvāca
™pārtha nai ’ve ’ha nā ’mutra vināśas tasya vidyate
na hi kalyāṇakṛt kaścid durgatiṁ tāta gacchati (VI-40)

VI/40. The blessed Lord said: Oh Arjuna, neither in this
world, nor in the next world is there destruction for him;
none, verily, who does good, Oh my son, ever comes to grief.

Swamiji's Commentary

     Once again we have a great verse in The Bhagavad Gita, every verse of which is indeed memorable and inspiring. Lord Krishna goes one step beyond the answer to the immediate question and makes a sweeping, most reassuring generalization. Every verse in the Gita should be in gold lettering, but this one should be studded in diamonds.

      With what loving solicitude the Lord addresses Arjuna (and so you and me) - "Oh my son" - everyone and every devotee especially, is the son of God. How lovingly does he assure us that we are forever safe, if we do good always!

     At some time or other in life everyone is overwhelmed by the doubt: "What is the use of doing good in this world of injustice with its perverted scale of values?" We often find rogues prospering, cruel oppressors and heartless exploiters rolling in wealth and power, while the voiceless, god-fearing man of righteousness and the humble servant of God are trampled upon. Yet Krishna assures us that no evil ever befalls the good man! Our welfare is already guaranteed by the omnipresent divinity, God.

     We should revise our empirical logic. The wicked man's road to hell lies through an increase of worldly wealth and power, the good man's path to God-realization lies through apparent (he does not feel it, since his mind is devoted to God) suffering in which he sheds all his worldliness, lurking evil tendencies and the effects of his own past karmas. Let us rejoice! Never shall we suffer in the least if we do good, and even if in the eyes of the world we pass through suffering, inwardly we shall rejoice that we are drawing closer to God. These experiences (wrongly called suffering) are birth-pangs after which we shall be reborn in God, to enjoy perennial bliss and immortality. He who has rightly understood that pleasure is a creature of thought and is thus free of it, is also free of pain.


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