Chapter 2 Verse 27
जातस्य हि ध्रुवो मृत्युर्ध्रुवं जन्म मृतस्य च ।
तस्मादपरिहार्येஉर्थे न त्वं शोचितुमर्हसि ॥
jatasya hi dhruvo mrtyur dhruvam janma mrtasyaca
tasmadapariharye arthe na tvam socitum arhasi
jatasya – of that which is born
mrtyuh – death
dhruva hi – is certain indeed
mrtasya ca – and of that which is dead
janma – birth
dhruvam – is certain
apariharye arthe – with reference to an unalterable situation
tvam – you
socitum – to grieve
na arhasi – ought not
For that is born, death is certain and for that which is dead birth is certain. Therefore you ought not to
grieve over that which cannot be altered.
All the avatars like rama, krishna and other saints like sankara ramana all have born and died. They are gone because they were born in the first place. Life is like a flicker of a firefly. Between the inhale and exhale there is a gap. Do we know when will be our last breath? No we don’t. Any of those gaps could be the last. Can we change this?
No. We can’t change this order. Life follows a rule. The born will die and the dead will be born. We saw earlier about the dehi and the deha. The dehi cannot linger on forever. So according to our karma we get birth again. We saw this earlier.
If we cannot change and we are choice less then why worry about death or grieve. We saw that the sorrow belongs to the mind and not the body. Body pain can be cured but fir a sad mind this knowledge is required to get cured.