Namaskaar. In Part 11 of our series “Sthitaprajna – Person of Perfection” with commentary by Smt. Jaya Row, we move on to Verse #65 of Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2. Its a reaffirmation of the teaching in the previous verse and a sort of confirmation of what the benefits of a trained mind would be. Short, sweet, to the point!
In verse 64, He gave us the formula for self-control. Once the intellect governs the impulses of the mind by default all your actions become benign. When likes and dislikes propel activities the actions turn malignant. They harm and destroy you. And a fresh experience should not create a new wave of desire. After the contact with the object ceases, your mind should not regurgitate and dwell on that enjoyment. Lastly, when you grow to access higher planes of happiness the senses lose their charm. They no longer interfere with the pursuit of the Divine. And Krsna says `one who has controlled the senses achieves peace’.
In this verse He says – in that peace which you have obtained as a result of practising self control all your sorrows are destroyed. The sorrow comes when a desire is left unfulfilled. In a peaceful, tranquil mind the intellect becomes sharp. Even sportspersons accept that they achieve peak performance only when their mind is relaxed. All athletes acknowledge that among the finalists, the difference between you and your competitor is minimal. The mind determines whether you win or lose. When you have a relaxed mind your intellect is sharp. You are able to think with clarity. You become efficient, productive, successful and prosperous.
When you control the senses you become a happy person as well as a prosperous person. These two attributes are almost always mutually exclusive. A person who is successful and prosperous is invariably not happy. And a person who is happy is usually not prosperous. But you want a combination of both. You achieve that amalgam through the Gita. So the endeavour should be to have a peaceful mind and a sharp intellect. If you have these two you achieve both material and spiritual excellence. External enrichment is possible only when the mind is enriched.
To be continued …..
Pranaam from Kamal Kothari