Man of Steady Wisdom – 3

||ShriHari||

 

Arjuna: You have told how the man of stable mind sits. Now tell me how he walks?

Krishna: O Brother, his walk instead of being an activity, is in the form of an emotion.

The Self-controlled striver is free from all attraction (likes) and aversion (dislikes), moving among objects with senses under control, attains placidity of mind.   (Gita 2:64)

Arjuna: What is the result of placidity of mind?

Krishna: With placidity of mind, all his sorrows come to an end: and the intellect of such a person of tranquil mind soon becomes firmly established in God.   (Gita 2:65)

Arjuna: Whose intellect is not firmly established?

Krishna: He who has not controlled his mind and senses can have no determinate intellect. Without determinate intellect he can’t think that he has to do his duty. Such a man can have no peace; and how can there be happiness for lacking peace?  (Gita 2:66)

Arjuna: The Intellect of the man, who is pleasure seeking (voluptuary) can’t be stable. But why the intellect of a striver, who follows spiritual discipline in not stable?

Krishna: As the wind carries away a barge on the waters even so of the wandering senses, the one to which the mind is joined, takes away his discrimination.   (Gita 2:67)

Arjuna: Whose Intellect is stable?

Krishna: O Might-armed, he whose senses are completely restrained from their objects is stable in intellect.    (Gita 2:68)

Arjuna: What is the difference between an ordinary man whose senses are uncontrolled and a seer whose senses are under control?

Krishna: That which is night to all beings, in that state (of Divine Knowledge and Supreme Bliss) the God realized seer keeps awake; that (the ever changing transient worldly happiness of pleasures and prosperity), in which all beings keep awake, is the night to the seer.   (Gita 2:69)

Arjuna: Does the seer not come across any enjoyments?

Krishna: Yes, he does. As the water of different rivers enter the ocean, which though full on all sides, remains undisturbed; likewise, he, in whom all enjoyments merge themselves, unlike the pleasure seekers, attain the supreme peace viz., God-realization.  (Gita 2:70)

Arjuna: How can the person, who hankers after pleasures attain peace?

Krishna: Renunciation can lead him to peace. He who gives up all desires and moves free from attachment, egoism and thirst for enjoyments, attains peace.   (Gita 2:71)

Arjuna: Being free from attachment and egoism where is such a man established?

Krishna: Such a man is established in God. This is called the state of Brahmic-Bliss. Having reached this state, he overcomes delusion. Being established in the Brahmic state, which is free from attachment, egoism, joy etc., even at the death-hour, he gets into oneness with Brahma, the Absolute.

(Gita 2:72)

 

From “Gita Madhurya” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji.

Ram Ram

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