Vedic Science
 Eternal knowledge for daily life

33. If, however, you do not want to carry out your duty in terms of fighting the enemy, then you will certainly incur sins for neglecting your duties and thus lose your reputation as a fighter.    Significance:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For whatever reason not engaging in your natural overall inclination, instead resorting to e.g. laziness & cowardliness, only increases the bewilderments within the mind, apart from it causing loss of reputation within a civilised society.

34. People will always speak of your infamy, and dishonour is worse than death for a respectable person.
Death is illusory, so one can understand the scale of tragedy of dishonour.

35. The great generals who have highly esteemed your name and fame will think you have left the battlefield out out of fear only, and thus they will consider you insignificant.
“Name and fame” is considered only an item of interest for losers according to fake intellectuals. In the western countries there are many fake intellectuals these days. They try to rationalize everything but in actuality they are poor victims of their own twisted emotions.

36. Your enemies will describe you in many unkind words and show disdain for your crippled abilities. What could be more painful for you?
Trying to be friends with everyone is a losing game, specifically for a warrior. Better not be a fake pacifist, one who wants to embrace everyone with the objective to get some cheap adoration. Neverhteless, in the world of oversupply of “bread and circuses” this often is the preferred position.

37. Oh son of Kunti, you either be killed on the battlefield and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom. Therefore, raise your body with determination and fight.
In any case, fighting was the only correct activity for Arjuna. We should never forget that right from birth you’re dying in the material world. So the consideration of ones own death is secondary for an actual warrior. “Kill or die” is a mantra for the Ghurkas, the Nepalese warriors in the British army. But these days also the British army in terms of doing duty is under siege from wokeness and other severe types of bewilderment.

38. Just fight for the sake of fighting, without considering happiness or distress, gain or loss, victory or defeat. By doing so you shall never be bewildered.
Nimitta-matram, acting for the sake of acting, is the transcendental position. In that position one realises God, the Asbolute Truth. Krishna stresses in the    18th chapter of the Gita, that Arjuna can do as he wish to do, but always he will act in accordance with the unchangeable eternal reality. It’s a fact, maya shakti, God’s illusory capacity, is the 24/7 powertool of the Lord to keep conditioned souls conditioned. However, He only awards it based upon the desires of the conditioned souls to have it. It means we are prisoners of our own device in the material world. But contrary to the information about the “Hotel California” in the song with the same title from The Eagles, a former American band, we can not only check out, but we can also actually leave the material circumstance. So the human form of body indeed offers a wonderful opportunity. Seizing the opportunity means leaving the miserable state of Californication once and for all.

39. Thus far, I have explained this knowledge through analytical study. Now listen as I explain it in terms of acting in buddhi. When you act in such intelligence you can free yourself from the bondage of fruitive work.
In the verses 2.12 through 2.39 Krishna, the Supreme Perosnalilty of Godhead, has used sankhya philosophy. Sankhya means “that which explains in great detail”. It also means “to count”. When one becomes an expert in counting one reaches … the Supreme One. There are actually many people who state that God is One. Indeed, God is certainly One, but one has to understand what it means. If a person doesn’t understand what he himself states, he better recognizes the fact. Those who are envious cannot, because envy blinds on all levels. A sad story indeed for those who are involved in the practise.