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Resolved Verse 2.46

  1. Krishnan
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Master Gita Master Life
  4. 17 March 2019
During the lecture the swamiji while explaining verse 2.45 said it gave tips for desireless actions. Verse 2.46 is a simile comparing the vastness of the vedas with water overflowing during floods.

It is also said earlier that the vedas specify the rituals to fufill desires.

Is this verse trying to convey that once self realistion happens it makes no difference what the fruits of action are as there is no desire for enjoyment (thirstless), hence it makes no difference whether water is available or not??
  1. VIJAY
  2. 7 months ago
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Only for a sage who has realized the Self or truth concerning Absolute Reality, the Vedas
(Karma Kanda) are of no use because he is already in possession of the highest
knowledge of the Self. This however does not imply ridiculing or ignoring the Karma
Kanda of the Vedas. They are certainly a useful means for achieving the goal by the
aspirants who just started their spiritual journey and serve the purpose of the
unenlightened. Through the performance of the works prescribed by the Vedas one
becomes fit for the path of knowledge.
All the transient pleasures derived from the proper performance of rituals enjoined in the
Karma Kanda of the Vedas are comprehended in the Infinite Bliss of Self Knowledge as
the utility of a reservoir in a place having floods. All kinds of limited bliss are included in
the Infinite Bliss. A knower of the Self does not need t o follow the Vedic injunctions.
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Hari Om!
As I understood it, what benefit is in a small well will also be fulfilled in a larger body of water e.g. Small streams join to make large lake -

In the same way, various actions given in Vedas, will give punya which can each give small joys if that was the intention. However, for those who do those actions unselfishly (without expectation of joy in future), those punyas come together to purify the mind which results in realization/becoming Brahman, the highest bliss. Here "joy" would be a drop of water and "bliss of Brahman" would be the ocean (the source of water)

So, its not really about indifference to water (expecting small joys from punya arising from actions stated by vedas) but about purified mind (i.e. doing those same actions unselfishly) that finds water (bliss) everywhere. Or if viewed as sadhana, it is saying:
Don't think this way - "If I don't perform actions for pleasure and joy, will I not lose them?" --
Instead, think this way - "Anyone who performs unselfish action will find greater bliss and will not miss any fleeting joys arising out of individual/specific action"

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