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    whatever it may cost others

    It teaches that we can become free by giving up not material things, but selfish attachments to material things and, more important, to people. It asks us to renounce not the enjoyment of life, but the clinging to selfish enjoyment whatever it may cost others.
    (The Bhagavad Gita; Eknath Easwaran)

    Have I understood it correctly:

    ... but the clinging to selfish enjoyment at the expense of others no matter what it may cost them.

    Thanks.

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    Re: whatever it may cost others

    Yes, it means that you put your enjoyment before anything else, and you don't mind whether others suffer (in any way) because of that.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: whatever it may cost others

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    It asks us to renounce not the enjoyment of life, but the clinging to selfish enjoyment whatever it may cost others.
    (The Bhagavad Gita; Eknath Easwaran)

    Have I understood it correctly:

    ... but the clinging to selfish enjoyment at the expense of others no matter what it may cost them.

    Thanks.
    It's ambiguous.
    I read it as saying that one should renounce clinging to [selfish enjoyment whatever it may cost others.] That is, the cost to others is a possible part of the selfish enjoyment.

    The other reading is "One should renounce clinging to selfish enjoyment [whatever it may cost others]". That is, the cost to others is a possible part of the renouncing.

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