Tell Me About Compulsions

Chapter III, Verse 36

Sri Nerode’s Translation:


Arjuna said:

O Teacher, tell me, under the compulsion of what does man commit sin, though against his wishes? What is it that pushes him to the evil path?


Helpful Translation:

The Spiritual Warrior asks:

Light of Wisdom, How is my soul compelled to sin even after I have begun spiritual practices?


Anyone, even the materialist, who has begun a practice of self-improvement quickly recognizes that there are many obstacles to self-improvement.

For the rest of this chapter, verses 37 through 43, Krishna elaborates on how a man is compelled to “sin” (act against the expansion of consciousness) and lays the foundation for how to overcome these obstacles.

Arjuna asks Krishna for insight on how to identify compulsions.

Easter Eggs:

Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:

Arjuna – When his current name is used, it refers to one who has achieved the Kshatriya Caste stage of spiritual development and who strives to become enlightened.

Varshneya  – Clansman of the pure Vrishni Clan.

Calling Krishna out as the most noble man of the clan (Vasudeva) but subtly indicating the liberating anatomy within a group. When a devotee is confused by darkness and ignorance, Varshneya is the light and point of wisdom that must be followed for success.

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