chinnabhram iva nasyati
vimudho brahmanah pathi
"O mighty-armed Krishna, does not such a man, who is bewildered from the path of transcendence, fall away from both spiritual and material success and perish like a riven cloud, with no position in any sphere?"
Brahmana pathi = attaining brahmam [atman sakshatkaram], vimudha= incapable of, apratishta = abandoned karma [for inferior pleasures], where is this person's destiny? is the question Arjuna is posing to the Lord. We have to start an action after fully deliberating and after starting we should not abandon it midway, even if obstacles are encountered. Ubhaya = from these two [ atman sakshatkaram and actions for inferior pleasures], vibhrata = slipped, chinna = shattered, abhram iva = like a cloud, kaccin = anyone, na nasyati = will not he get destroyed? Anyone who has slipped from both - atman sakshatkaram and lower pleasures - will he not get destroyed just like the cloud is shattered in the sky? Let us examine why this example of cloud is brought in. We would have observed in the sky different clouds. We would have seen that sometimes, a small cloud piece in a big cloud would separate and travel to join another big cloud. This small piece of cloud travels separately and joins another cloud. But on the way if an air turbulence is there, then this small cloud piece is shattered and is lost totally. Air turbulence does not affect the bigger clouds. Visualizing this example, we have to see what Arjuna tells. We have been doing our worldly affairs and passing life. This is like the first big cloud traveling in the sky. We have been doing so many actions for cheap results like seeking heaven or acquiring more wealth, etc,. From this group, one person gets better wisdom from listening to wiser people or advise of Acharya, etc. He separates and seeks to do yoga and attain atman sakshatkaram. He is like the separated cloud piece. He practices yoga and travels to reach atman sakshatkaram, which is the other big cloud. If he reaches the other big cloud, then there is no problem and he gets atman sakshatkaram and Moksham. But, what if in the way he is caught by desires for cheaper results. This is like the air turbulence shattering the cloud piece. Arjuna wants to know, just like the cloud piece was lost because of air turbulence, will this person also get lost if while doing yoga he stops it for any reason. Nasa in the sloka means, this person, having left the usual actions for cheaper results and unable to continue yoga after doing it for some time, will he get undesirable things or will he not get what he wanted. Brahma pathi means the means to achieve atman sakshatkaram.