The most famous verse of the Gita

यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भव- ति भारत ।

अभ्युत्थान- मधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम्- ॥४-७॥

Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata

abhyuttanam adharmasya tadaatmanaam srujamyaham

परित्राणाय- साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम्- ।

धर्मसंस्था- पनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥४-८॥

Paritranaya sadhoonaam vinashayacha dushkritaam

dharma samsthapanarthaya sambhavaami yuge yuge

Whenever, O descendant of Bharata, there is decline of Dharma, and rise of Adharma, then I body Myself forth. For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of Dharma I come into being in every age.

~ Chapter 4, Verse 7, 8

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न त्वेवाहं जातु नासं न त्वं नेमे जनाधिपाः।

न चैव न भविष्यामः सर्वे वयमतः परम्।।2.12।।

“It is not that I did not exist at any time, nor you, nor these rulers of men, and surely it is not that we all shall cease to exist after this.”

~ Chapter 2, Verse 12

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Questioner (Q): In chapter 4, verse 7, Shri Krishna says that he will come forth whenever righteousness is on the decline. However, in chapter 2, verse 12, it is mentioned that Shri Krishna is always present.

How should one interpret the coming forth of Krishna when righteousness is on decline? Does this statement have any significance at an individual level, or is it said in the social context?

Also, in Christianity it is believed that Jesus will come again on the judgement day. Please help me understand what all this means.

Acharya Prashant (AP): Krishna is always present as the very source of existence. Or you could say, within men as the centre of mind. That’s how Krishna is always present. Just as irrespective of what is happening within a circle, the circle will nevertheless always have a centre. The circle might be black, the circle might be painted blue or yellow. The centre remains present and the centre remains untouched and uncoloured. Greatly virtuous deeds are taking place within the circle. Those greatly virtuous deeds have nothing to do with the centre; the centre remains as it is. Evil acts are taking place within the circle; the centre remains untouched.