Namaskaar. We move on to Part 6 of our ongoing series on the topic from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse #59 “Sthitaprajna – Person of Perfection” with commentary by Smt. Jaya Row
The sense objects turn away from an abstinent person but not the rasa or relish. Even the relish turns away on seeing the Supreme. Here again he gives a very practical tip. If you want to control a weakness, as you make up your mind and exert your will, automatically the object turns away. When a diabetic person is advised to refrain from sugar the desire to eat sweets increases. But the truth is that the moment he makes up his mind not to eat it, he finds the sweet itself disappears from his table! This happens in the case of other objects as well, like alcoholic drinks. When a person is fond of drinks he is always in the company of other people like him and drinks are always available to him. But the moment he makes up his mind to abstain, not only does the object leave him but also the friends who indulge in the same enjoyment also desert him.
However the rasa or relish does not go. It remains with you until you reach the Supreme. The rasa also goes when you realise the Self. Realisation is infinite happiness. Compared to the infinite all finite entities lose their appeal.
The message is that you have to be alert and vigilant all the time. Till Realisation, the taste for sense enjoyment lingers. It can surface at any moment and take you away from the path. The story goes that Parvati wanted to marry Lord Siva, the epitome of asceticism. She asked for permission to serve him. Siva accepted her services but married her only after vanquishing Kamadeva the god of love. Even Lord Siva took adequate precaution knowing the power of the senses. In contrast, the modern generation goes headlong into sense indulgence with no thought of inner fortification.
To be continued …..
Pranaam from Kamal Kothari