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Chapter 7: Death

Krishna:
“No presence of existence in the unreal
and no absence in the real;
both these have been seen
by the knowers of the real nature of things
in their inner world.

“Hence, that which is the whole
know it as subtle, indestructible;
no one is capable of destroying this -
the inexhaustible, the everlasting.

“These physical bodies have an ending,
but the dweller within is said to be
indestructible, incomprehensible and eternal;
hence, O Arjuna, fight.

“The one who thinks it to be the slayer,
and the one who believes it to be the slain -
both do not know.
It neither slays nor is slain.”

Krishna:
“No presence of existence in the unreal
and no absence in the real;
both these have been seen
by the knowers of the real nature of things
in their inner world.”

What is real, what is unreal? To know the difference between the two is true wisdom, enlightenment. The greatest attainment of our lives is to be able to draw the line, to differentiation between what can be called existent and what can be called nonexistent.

What is dream and what is reality? To be able to see and understand the difference between the two is the way to ultimate liberation.

In this sutra Krishna is saying: That which exists will always exist and has no possibility of becoming non-existent, is real. And that which is now but did not exist before and has the possibility of again becoming non-existent, is unreal.

There is one point worth understanding here. Generally, we call something that does not exist at all unreal. But what is the point in calling a thing unreal if it doesn’t even exist? It is pointless to call a non-existent thing anything. Even to say that something that doesn’t exist “is not” will be wrong because of the use of the word is. In saying “It is not,” we are using the word is, which is wrong in the context of something that does not exist. That which is not, simply is not. To say anything about it is meaningless.

So unreal, asat, does not mean non-existent. Unreal means something which is not and yet in some way is, which is not and yet gives the impression that it is, which is not and yet creates the illusion that it is.

For example, you have a dream during the night. You cannot say that it doesn’t exist. If it didn’t exist, then how could you have had the dream? It isn’t possible for the non-existent even to become a dream. You had the dream, you passed through the dream, you lived the dream; but when you get up in the morning you say it was a dream.

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