कुतस्त्वा कश्मलमिदं विषमे समुपस्थितम् |
अनार्यजुष्टमस्वर्ग्यमकीर्तिकरमर्जुन || 2||
śhrī bhagavān uvācha
kutastvā kaśhmalamidaṁ viṣhame samupasthitam
anārya-juṣhṭamaswargyam akīrti-karam arjuna
Arjuna—O Arjuna!; śhrī-bhagavān uvācha—the Supreme Lord said; kutaḥ—wherefrom; tvā—to you; kaśhmalam—dejection; idam—this; viṣhame—in this hour of peril; samupasthitam—taken hold; anāryajuṣhṭam—unworthy; aswargyam—heaven-excluding; akīrti-karam—shameful
The Lord said: O Arjuna! Whence, in this critical situation, has this mental dejection takes hold of you, shameful and Heaven-excluding?
Dejection: Lord Krishna describes the mental weakness of Arjuna as dirty and wretched. In the same way as dirt covers the physical body the mind becomes impure by sorrow, fear, distress, and hatred. And even as one washes the body by cleansing material, one should clean the mind by the knowledge of Atma. Arjuna,s mental filth was washed off by the Lord’s teaching. It is the duty of every individual to purify the mind-stuff of its ignorance and passion by a study of the Gita.
Unworthy: There are two types of men in the world – the wise and the ignorant. Those who follow the righteous path, who seek light and purity, who are bold and active, are the wise. This is the aryan way of life. The other category of men live in ignorance, are subject to dark passions, follow the demonic way, and fall into sorrow and despair. This is the un aryan way of life. It behooves everyone to question himself whether he belongs to the former or later class of men, and strive to attain to the level of the wise by determined effort.
Question: What are weakness, sorrow, and fear?
Answer: They are the dirt of the mind. The ignorant fall prey to them. They pull down a man from ascending to higher levels of existence. They bring shame and disgrace.
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 🔻 (72 Verses)