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Namaskaar we move on to another important Quality in our series. This is Part 4. Again beautifully explained in short by Pujya Swamiji. Links to previous parts are at end of this post.
JNANI IS EQUAL IN SUKHA AND DUHKHA (pleasure and pain)
Sama-duhkha-sukhah – The one for whom sukha and duhkha are equal.
How can one be the same in sukha and duhkha when in order for there to be sukha or duhkha the mind must undergo a modification? If you are to have emotional pain, your mind cannot be the same as it was when it was peaceful; it must undergo a change. Similarly, you cannot experience sukha, without the mind undergoing a change. Yet it is said here that this person is equal in sukha and duhkha. It looks like a contradiction. In saying this, there seems to be an acceptance of sukha and duhkha for the jnani. If he has these, how can he be equal? Continue reading