Gita Acharan |English

Krishna spoke about the inverted tree of life where human beings are bound by roots hanging downwards and these roots are nothing but 𝙠𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙨 (actions). Krishna immediately gives a solution to come out of this bondage and advises us to use the 'axe of non-attachment' (15.3).


Non-attachment is one of the foundational principles of the Bhagavad Gita. On many occasions, Krishna has referred to this aspect. Broadly, we have attachments with people, things, feelings, thoughts and beliefs. In the case of our beliefs, many of them are based on unscientific myths, irrational and unverified facts etc. Using the quality of 'questioning', which was given by Krishna to be a good learner, one can attain non-attachment to them. When we are told about non-attachment, one tends to gravitate towards detachment or even hatred. That's why Krishna categorically told us to drop hatred.


One finds it very difficult to shed attachment as it has been nurtured by us for a long time and thus becomes a part of us. The underlying message is to drop the sense of attachment but not destroy things or relationships. In fact, it is doing one's best in any given situation without the sense of attachment.


Krishna says, "The true nature of this 𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙝𝙖 (pipal) tree, its beginning, its end, and its modes of continuity -none of these are understood by ordinary men. Using a strong axe of detachment, one must cut it down and search out the base of the tree, which is the Supreme Lord, from whom streamed forth the activity of the universe a long time ago. Upon taking refuge in HIM, one will not return to this world again" (15.3 and 15.4).


Once one is armed with the axe of non-attachment, the search begins for the base of the tree -the Supreme Lord or 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙢𝙖 .

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