2.21 vedāvināśinaṁ nityaṁ (Original)

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Chapter 2

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vedāvināśinaṁ nityaṁ
ya enam ajam avyayam
kathaṁ sa puruṣaḥ pārtha
kaṁ ghātayati hanti kam

‘Knowing this ātmā to be indestructible, eternal and birthless, which person, Pārtha! can any kill or cause to be killed?’

Thus, how can any person, knowing ātmā to be eternal by reason of its birthlessness and deathlessness and its inexhaustible nature, destroy any ātmā which dwells in the numerous bodies of celestial, human, animal and vegetable kingdoms? Whom can he kill? How can he kill? How can one cause killing?

Hence ignorance of the true nature of ātmā is the cause of grief that is born by thinking: ‘I cause these ātmās to be killed or I kill them.’

Admitting that what happens to the eternal ātmās is but disjunction from bodies, yet it may form good ground for regret that bodies, serving as they do as instruments for enjoying, or for securing enjoyment of pleasures, should so separate away! Reply to this objection:

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