- vāsāṁsi jīrṇāni yathā vihāya
- navāni gṛhṇāti naro 'parāṇi
- tathā śarīrāṇi vihāya jīrṇāny
- anyāni saṁyāti navāni dehī
- (BG 2.22)
So this verse we discussed last morning, that this body is just like dress. This is not our real identification. I am thinking, "I am American," "I am Indian," "I am African," "I am Russian," "I am brāhmin," "I am kṣatriya," "I am śūdra," "I am Andhra-pradesh," "I am Bengali."
These are all nonsense. But on this nonsense idea the whole world is going on. So how there can be real knowledge? The basic principle of knowledge is ignorance. Andha. The man who is leading, he is blind. So how he can lead? This is the position.
Andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānās te 'pīśa-tantryām uru-dāmni baddhāḥ (SB 7.5.31). They are trying to make advancement of civilization, but the basic principle is wrong. They are accepting . . . this is called illusion, accepting something as something else. The . . . just like this . . . if I identify myself with this coat and shirt, the basic principle of my identification is lost. So here it is clearly said that vāsāṁsi jīrṇāni. Before this:
- vedāvināśinaṁ nityaṁ
- ya enam ajam avyayam
- kathaṁ sa puruṣaḥ pārtha
- kaṁ ghātayati hanti kam
- (BG 2.21)
Anyone who knows that the living entity, soul, is avināśi, indestructible, then where is the question of killing? But that does not mean the Bhagavad-gītā is encouraging killing. No. That is not the purport. Killing is prohibited. But when we see that a brāhmin is killing one animal in the sacrifice, it is not killing.