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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 Verse 18

भगवद् गीता अध्याय 5 श्लोक 18

विद्याविनयसंपन्ने ब्राह्मणे गवि हस्तिनि।
शुनि चैव श्वपाके च पण्डिताः समदर्शिनः।।5.18।।

हिंदी अनुवाद - स्वामी रामसुख दास जी ( भगवद् गीता 5.18)

।।5.18।।ज्ञानी महापुरुष विद्याविनययुक्त ब्राह्मणमें और चाण्डालमें तथा गाय हाथी एवं कुत्तेमें भी समरूप परमात्माको देखनेवाले होते हैं।

Shri Vaishnava Sampradaya - Commentary

The name Brahmana refers to the saintly and spiritual class in India possessed of moral conduct and Vedic knowledge. The mention along with them of a cow, an elephant, a dog and an outcaste person who eats dog is to illustrate the great differences in the physical bodies of all the various species of life in which the embodied atma or soul resides in. The variegated appearances of different species of life is due to prakriti or material nature not the atma. The compound word sama-darsinah meaning equal vision is how those in atma tattva or soul realisation regard all the atmas residing in unlimited bodies as being equal due to the atmas essential nature of being eternal and of being an infinitesimal part of the Supreme Lord Krishna.