Bhagavad-Gita shlokas: Verse a Day - 5.3
Hey Arjun, those yogis
Who do not envy anyone
And those who do not long for anything
Are the people who are beyond the duality of
Jealousy and attachments
They in reality are beyond attachments of this world
Although they are really in the world //5:3//
Classification of people:
- There are two kinds of people in this working world
- People who live in regular world. They grow up, go to school, get a job, get married, have children, and so on.
- Those who renounce the world. They grow up, may go to school and then decide to choose a path of divinity, spend their entire life in persuit of enlightenment or in the service of God.
- In each of the above category....they can either be:
- Attached or
Now, let us try to understand a non attached person from the verse above. Krishna talks about going "beyond duality." He is not talking about right and wrong or good and bad. Most of us live in the duality of right and wrong or good and bad. We are always choosing one against the other. So, what is Krishna talking about? What is choicelessness?
Let us take a simple example first. When a friend asks my name, I say "Krishna;" when a patient asks my name, I say "Dr. Bhatta;" and when a government officer asks my name, I say "Krishna Mohan Bhatta." It just happens. I am not deliberating or choosing what to say. Norms are established and there is just one answer. Krishna calls it "ek-buddhi or one mindedness." It often happens when surgeons perform surgery. They are not trying to choose what to cut or how deep to cut; they just know it; and for patient's sake, they better know it.
A Buddha may give different answer to same question to two different people. His close desciples always were curious about these variations. Buddha always answered considering the level of the questioner and his reasoning behind asking those questions. He paid attention to the person and not just the questions. The answers just came out. He did not worry about those answers being right or wrong. They were just the correct answers in that situation to that person.