Peace for the Soul

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Chapter 6, Verse 40

Krishna says,

"No, my son,
They are not lost,
Either in this world
Or worlds to come.
Never do those
Who practice Yoga
Practice in vain."

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

When someone begins to wash a cloth and for some reason can rinse it only once, he has at least succeeded in removing some of the dirt, even though the cloth is not completely clean. Certainly he has not made it more dirty. Someone begins to practice meditation, and even if he meditates only a few times, whatever purity the mind has gained thereby is his.

Sri Eknath Easwaran:

We can almost see Krishna coming closer to Arjuna, putting his arm about him, and saying in so many words, "Never will meditation on me be wasted, even if it is done only for a short time.

The word "damnation" does not exist in the Hindu tradition. All of us, even though we may be tardy, are still children of the Lord. A good way to strengthen ourselves and ward off negative states of consciousness is to remember that, in spite of our actions and appearances, we are pure, perfect, and ever divine in origin. Please tell your children that they are little saints, even when they seem not to warrant it. We can help adults in the same way by emphasizing their bright sides. Everyone has a favorable side; when we are patient and forbearing, others will show us their true colors.

Paramahansa Yogananda:

These words of Krishna stand as a monument of inspiration to all sincere Yogis who have failed to unite their souls with God, because of obstructions arising from prenatal and postnatal actions, but who have nevertheless persisted in their spiritual efforts. God gives encouragement in this verse to all those who seek their divine inheritance. Soul Joy, no matter how elusive, is everyone's forgotten heritage. No matter how many times sincere Yogis stumble on the path of Yoga, they march on towards the goal.

The memory of the Divine Joy of Yoga practice remains lodged in their subconscious minds. If they are not able to find full freedom in one life, in the next life the hidden memory of their past Yoga experiences will sprout forth with spiritual inclinations. Fallen Yogis are not to be driven to despair by setbacks. Instead, they are to be glad that they possess sufficient spiritual fortitude to re-dedicate themselves. In this verse, God assures humanity through his son, Arjuna, that all his persevering children, shall, in the end, find him.


Ask, and it will be given to you.
Seek, and you will find.
Knock and it will be opened to you.
Every one who asks receives,
He who seeks finds,
And to him who knocks it will be opened.

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