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Sri Aurobindo on Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 13

Sri Aurobindo Thoughts on highest aim in the Bhagavad Gita and an interpretation of Gita Chapter 2, Verse 13.

As the embodied soul (master of the body) has childhood, youth and old age occurring to the body, so too is his change over to another body. The calm and wise man is not disturbed  or perplexed in that regard. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 13)

The soul is the reality, not the body. All these kings men for whose approaching death Arjuna mourns, have lived before, they will live again in the human body; for as soul passes physically through childhood and youth and age, so it passes on to the changing of the body.

The calm and wise mind, the thinker who looks upon life steadily and does not allow himself to be disturbed and blinded by his sensations and emotions, is not deceived by material appearances; he does not allow the clamour of his blood and his nerves and his heart to cloud his judgement or to contradict his knowledge.

He looks beyond the apparent facts of the life of the body and senses. He looks into to the real fact of his being and rises beyond the emotional and physical desires of the ignorant nature. He constantly meditates on the true and only aim of the human existence – Self realization.

Sri Aurobindo on Highest Aim in the Bhagavad Gita

What is that real fact? The highest aim? This, that human life and death repeated through the immeasurably long period of time in the great cycles of the world are only a long progress by which the human being prepares and makes himself fit for immortality. By immortality is meant not the survival of death that is already given every living creature born with a mind – but the transcendence of life and death. It means that ascension by which man ceases to live as a mind-informed body and lives at last as a spirit and in the spirit.