C3, V33 – “Attraction and hatred are poised in the object of every sense experience; a man must not fall prey to these two brigands lurking on his path!”
Today, July 5, 2018, becomes a memorable day in my readings of The Bhagavad Gita. My wife handed me my mother’s copy of her Bengali Srimad Bhagavad Gita. It is a pocket book edition so she carried it with her everywhere. It is printed by Sri Ramkrishna Belur Maht. Her copy is reprinted December, 2001. The first release was on the auspicious day of Mahalaya, Thursday, October 12, 1939. The author is Swami Jagadishwarnanda. My mother’s copy has a hand sown red satin cloth cover with the word “গীতা”, Gita, sowed in gold colored thread. Now I have an intimate, personal invitation to continue my study and reflection on The Bhagvad Gita.
Today’s selection alerts me to the two distractions that often lead me astray from the path back to Lord Krishna. It is so easy to be attracted. When I do not get the object of my attraction, it sows hatred. The path back to Krishna is very long and narrow. It is my entire lifetime on earth. Fortunately for my faith in Krishna I am always on the path that leads me back to Him. I do fall prey to attraction and hatred. However, after some struggle, strife and soul-searching I feel Krishna tug at my heart. He looks after the weak and the strong. I return to my journey with renewed trust and faith. I will fall by the wayside again. Krishna will be there to lend me a hand.