Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 21

वेदाविनाशिनं नित्यं य एनमजमव्ययम् |
कथं स पुरुष: पार्थ कं घातयति हन्ति कम् || 21||

vedāvināśhinaṁ nityaṁ ya enam ajam avyayam
kathaṁ sa puruṣhaḥ pārtha kaṁ ghātayati hanti kam

vedaknows; avināśhinamimperishable; nityameternal; yaḥwho; enamthis; ajamunborn; avyayamimmutable; kathamhow; saḥthat; puruṣhaḥperson; pārthaParth; kamwhom; ghātayaticauses to be killed; hantikills; kamwhom

vedavinashinam nityam ya enam ajam avyayam
katham sa purushah partha kam ghatayati hanti kam


BG 2.21: O Parth, how can one who knows the soul to be imperishable, eternal, unborn, and immutable kill anyone or cause anyone to kill?


A spiritually elevated soul quells the ego that makes us feel that we are the doers of our actions. In that state, one can see that the soul seated within actually does nothing. Such an elevated soul, though doing all kinds of actions, is never tainted by them. Shree Krishna is advising Arjun that he must elevate himself to that enlightened level, seeing himself as the non-doer, free from egotism, and perform his duty rather than shirk from it.

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