Hare Krsna,


All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

I have a small question that I could not decipher in the sloka 24 of 2nd chapter of Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

The translation goes like this:

"This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same".

I understood the aspects of the soul, like,everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable and eternally the same. But I am facing a difficulty in understanding that how the soul is immovable. If we take it in literal sense, then like I am within this body. And hence when the body moves, I (the soul) also move.

So I tried to relate immovable to "sthir", or, stable in its state.

It would be really beneficial for me if you could let me know if my this understanding is correct. If not, then please let me know the correct understanding of the soul's characterestic of being immovable.


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  • Sevak

    Hare Krsna 

     I tried to relate immovable to "sthir", or, stable in its state.

    Great question. Yes, the above understanding is correct. The sanskrit word used is acalah. This is the opposite of Cancalah. Cancalah means flickering, or wavering or unsteady or unstable or volatile. Mind has been characterised as cancalah in Bhagavad Gita and nature of soul is the exact opposite of  that.  

    So the understanding of soul being opposite of cancalah is that soul is stable, steady, unwavering, non-flickering non-volatile 

    Hare Krsna

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