P. 4

This one verse succinctly explains the reason why living entities suffer, how they can be liberated from it and
        the unparalleled benefit of attaining spiritual perfection in the present and in eternal existence.

        The eternal soul is not subject to suffering or any material effect that may be experienced in mundane space
        and time. It is only when the soul mistakenly identifies with the temporary body, which is bound by  the three
        modes of nature, time, karma, birth and death, perplexing dualities, unending desires for sense gratification,
        etc., that it suffers. Although the soul and the body are completely different, they become connected by the
        subtle false ego that wrongly identifies with the body. Then whatever happens to the body, affects the soul due
        to ignorance. The real ego identifies itself as the eternal servant of Lord Krishna.

        Lord  Krishna  on  observing  the  profound  lamentation  of  Arjuna  due  to  his  apprehension  for  his  close  and
        extended family members, explained how to become free from all suffering and attain boundless happiness.
        Such  endless  and  ever  increasing  joy  is  possible  by  becoming  conscious  of  Lord  Krishna  and  cultivating
        one’s eternal relationship with the Lord.

        Peace of mind

                                            bhoktāraṁ yajña-tapasāṁ / sarva-loka-maheśvaram
                                           suhṛdaṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ / jñātvā māṁ śāntim ṛcchati

        “A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities,
        the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains
        peace from the pangs of material miseries.” (Bg 5.29)

        How can there be any happiness without peace? (aśāntasya kutaḥ sukham Bg 2.66) Peace of mind is essential
        for happiness. The mind that is controlled is the best friend, and the mind that is not controlled is the worst
        enemy.  (Bg  6.6)  One  cannot have  peace  if he  lives  with  the  worst  enemy  always.  Thus,  his quest for  self-
        realization and achieving the goal of life will certainly be thwarted due to an agitated mind overwhelmed with
        material desires and frustration.
        Everyone in material life is anxious to attain peace of mind. This is not possible as long as the mind is plagued
        by lust, anger and greed. One tries to satisfy lust, and when there is frustration at not being able to do so, anger
        and greed become prominent. Lust, anger and greed become the dictators of nasty thoughts and perverted
        desires leading to destructive behavior.

        When one is under the cloud of illusion, he tries to be the master of material possessions and people. With this
        mentality of domination of nature, he becomes entangled hopelessly in the exhaustive grip of material nature
        and its law of karma, action and reaction for every act either good or bad that forces one to act again in a cycle
        of suffering.

        Since  Lord  Krishna  (God)  is  the  owner  and  enjoyer  of  all  material  things  and  people,  He  is  the  Supreme
        Dominator, Controller, and Owner. If a person refuses to accept this fact, he becomes a thief who tries to usurp
        the property of God and he suffers. Lord Krishna explains this to Arjuna:

                                            iṣṭān bhogān hi vo deva / dāsyante yajña-bhāvitāḥ
                                          tair dattān apradāyaibhyo / yo bhuṅkte stena eva saḥ

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