Sorrow Opens The Doors of Wisdom

Krishna and Arjuna

by Jayaram V

Notes: I have translated the Bhagavadgita twice. The first one was a loose translation. The second one was a word to word translation with a detailed commentary. The commentary is however different from what you will find here. In this section I will share with you my thoughts about the knowledge, philosophy and wisdom of the Bhagavadgita as I understand it from my perspective. Jayaram V


From sorrow comes wisdom, when you are ready. The Buddha began his spiritual journey when he became aware of the suffering hidden in human life. Our suffering arises from the fact that we live in a transient world and can take nothing for granted. Gain and loss are the twin aspects of life, from which we are never free. When we are attached to things, we experience attraction and aversion to them and gain and loss. We are thus caught in the whirlpool of life subject to duality and emotional instability. However, sorrow which is hidden in every aspect of human life, serves a great purpose in our lives. It opens our eyes to the harsh realities of life and makes us think about the nature of suffering, its causes and remedies, and the lessons one can learn from it. Arjuna suffered from an emotional trauma when he entered the battlefield of Kurukshetra. His suffering opened a new door of wisdom to him, when he opened his mind to Lord Krishna and expressed his concerns, doubts and fears to him.

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