Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 26:
"Atha chainaṁ nitya-jātaṁ nityaṁ vā manyase mṛtam
Tathāpi tvaṁ mahā-bāho naivaṁ śhochitum-arhasi"
Translation in English:
"If, however, you think that the soul is perpetually born and always dies, still you have no reason to lament, O mighty-armed."
Meaning in Hindi:
"यदि आपको लगता है कि आत्मा सदैव जन्मती रहती है और सदैव मरती रहती है, तो भी, हे महाबाहो! आपको शोक करने के लिए कोई कारण नहीं है।"
In this verse, Lord Krishna addresses Arjuna's possible misunderstanding of the eternal nature of the soul. He tells Arjuna that even if he believes that the soul is subject to constant birth and death, he still has no reason to mourn or complain.
Lord Krishna admits that some may see the soul as eternal birth and always death. This perspective indicates a continuous cycle of existence and mortality. Despite this observation, Lord Krishna assures Arjuna that there is no good reason to mourn. The purpose of this verse is to emphasize the imperishable and immortal nature of the soul. Lord Krishna reminds Arjuna and all of us that our true identity is beyond the temporary physical body. The soul is eternal and imperishable, the cycle of birth and death does not affect it.
Even if one believes in the eternal cycle of birth and death, this should not lead to sadness or despair. The eternal nature of the soul means that it transcends the boundaries of birth and death. It invites us to turn our attention from the temporary to the eternal, from the physical to the spiritual.
Lord Krishna's teaching in this verse encourages us to rise above the fear of death and embrace the realization that the soul is eternal. By recognizing the immutable and immortal nature of the soul, we can find comfort, strength and deeper purpose in life.
This verse reminds us to develop a broader perspective and move away from the ephemeral nature of the physical world. It inspires us to seek spiritual fulfillment knowing that our true nature is eternal and divine. By connecting with our eternal soul, we can navigate life's challenges with courage, wisdom, and inner peace