Bhagavad Gita: Understanding One Shloka at a time. (Chp. 3, Verse 38) — HBR Patel

Trying to understand Bhagavad Gita, one Shloka at a time…

HBR Patel
2 min readAug 15, 2021


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धूमेनाव्रियते वह्निर्यथादर्शो मलेन च |
यथोल्बेनावृतो गर्भस्तथा तेनेदमावृतम् || 38||

Just as a fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror by dust, and an embryo is covered by the womb, so this knowledge is covered by that desire.


The ultimate challenge that we face due to Kama or lust is that it conceals the common wisdom. It hinders our progress on the spiritual path.

The common knowledge of what is right or wrong that guides our behaviour on daily basis gets covered under the burden of desires and common sense becomes uncommon to us.

How does the kama obscure our pure consciousness? It conceals the wisdom within just like the three examples given by Bhagwan Shri Krishna in the above shlokas. Those three examples presented in the above shloka will help us understand how does the kama or lust engulfs our spiritual wisdom.

Bhagwan Shri Krishna said that knowledge is covered by desire or lust just like smoke covers fire, dust conceals the mirror and the embryo is covered within the womb.

Similarly, there are three levels of desires: Taamasic desires, Raajasic desires, and Satvik desires. The densest and hard to overcome is the tamasic desire. Next is the Rajasic desire and the last one is the Satvik desire.

We must take a look at our desires and try to do something about those desires before they conceal the wisdom and set us on the path of destruction. Overcome the lustful desires before it takes over the knowledge that helps us move forward on the spiritual path.



HBR Patel

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