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Sixth Chapter. The Way Of Meditation In Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita

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Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita, English translation and commentary by Swami Swarupananda, [1909] The Blessed Lord said: 1. He who performs his bounden duty without leaning to the fruit of action —he is a renouncer of action as well as of steadfast mind: not he who is without fire, nor he who is without action. 1 2. Know that to be devotion to action, which is called renunciation, O Pândava, for none becomes a devotee to action without forsaking Sankalpa. 2 3. For the man of meditation wishing to attain purification of heart leading to concentration, work is said to be the way: For him, when he has attained such (concentration), inaction is said to be the way. 3 4. Verily, when there is no attachment, either to sense-objects, or to actions, having renounced all Sankalpas, then is one said to have attained concentration. 4 5. A man should uplift himself by his own self, so let him not weaken this self. For this self is the friend of oneself, and this self is the enemy of oneself. 5 6. The self (the active part of our nature) is the friend of the self, for him who has conquered himself by this self. But to the unconquered self, this self is inimical, (and behaves) like (an external) foe. 6 7. To the self-controlled and serene, the Supreme Self is, the object of constant, realisation, in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, as well as in honour and dishonour. 7 8. Whose heart is filled with satisfaction by wisdom and realisation, and is changeless, whose senses are conquered, and to whom a lump of earth, stone, and gold are the same: that Yogi is called steadfast. 8 9. He attains excellence who looks with equal regard upon well-wishers, friends, foes, neutrals, arbiters, the hateful, the relatives, and upon the righteous and the unrighteous alike. 10. The Yogi should constantly practise concentration of the heart, retiring into solitude, alone, with the mind and body subdued, and free from hope and possession. 11. Having in a cleanly spot established his seat, firm, neither too high nor too low, made of a cloth, a skin, and Kusha-grass, arranged in consecution: 11 12. There, seated on that seat, making the mind one-pointed and subduing the action of the imaging faculty and the senses, let him practise Yoga for the purification of the heart. 13. Let him firmly hold his body, head and neck erect and still, (with the eye-balls fixed, as if) gazing at the tip of his nose, and not looking around. 13 14. With the heart serene and fearless, firm in the vow of a Brahmachâri, with the mind controlled, and ever thinking of Me, let him sit (in Yoga) having Me as his supreme goal. 15. Thus always keeping the mind steadfast, the Yogi of subdued mind attains the peace residing in Me,—the peace which culminates in Nirvâna (Moksha). 16. (Success in) Yoga is not for him who eats too much or too little—nor, O Arjuna, for him who sleeps too much or too little. 16 17. To him who is temperate in eating and recreation, in his effort for work, and in sleep and wakefulness, Yoga becomes the destroyer of misery. 18. When the completely controlled mind rests serenely in the Self alone, free from longing after all desires, then is one called steadfast, (in the Self). 19. "As a lamp in a spot sheltered from the wind does not flicker,"—even such has been the simile used for a Yogi of subdued mind, practising concentration in the Self. 20-23. When the mind, absolutely restrained by the practice of concentration, attains quietude, and when seeing the Self by the self, one is satisfied in his own Self; when he feels that infinite bliss—which is perceived by the (purified) intellect and which transcends the senses, and established wherein he never departs from his real state; and having obtained which, regards no other acquisition superior to that, and where established, he is not moved even by heavy sorrow;—let that be known as the state, called by the name of Yoga,—a state of severance from the contact of pain. This Yoga should be practised with perseverance, undisturbed by depression of heart. 20 24. Abandoning without reserve all desires born of Sankalpa, and completely restraining, by the mind alone, the whole group of senses from their objects in all directions; 25. With the intellect set in patience, with the mind fastened on the Self, let him attain quietude by degrees: let him not think of anything. 26. Through whatever reason the restless, unsteady mind wanders away, let him curbing it from that, bring it under the subjugation of the Self alone. 27. Verily, the supreme bliss comes to that Yogi, of perfectly tranquil mind, with passions quieted, Brahman-become, and freed from taint. 27 28. The Yogi freed from taint (of good and evil), constantly engaging the mind thus, with ease attains the infinite bliss of contact with Brahman. 29. With the heart concentrated by Yoga, with the eye of evenness for all things, he beholds the Self in all beings and all beings in the Self. 30. He who sees Me in all things, and sees all things in Me, he never becomes separated from Me, nor do I become separated from him. 30 31. He who being established in unity, worships Me, who am dwelling in all beings, whatever his mode of life, that Yogi abides in Me. 31 32. He who judges of pleasure or pain everywhere, by the same standard as he applies to himself, that Yogi, O Arjuna, is regarded as the highest. 32 Arjuna said: 33. This Yoga which has been taught by Thee, O slayer of Madhu, as characterised by evenness, I do not see (the possibility of) its lasting endurance, owing to restlessness (of the mind). 34. Verily, the mind, O Krishna, is restless, turbulent, strong, and unyielding;. I regard it quite as hard to achieve its control, as that of the wind. 34 The Blessed Lord said: 35. Without doubt, O mighty-armed, the mind is restless, and difficult to control; but through practice and renunciation, O son of Kunti, it may be governed. 35 36. Yoga is hard to be attained by one of uncontrolled self: such is My conviction; but the self-controlled, striving by right means, can obtain it. Arjuna said: 37. Though possessed of Shraddhâ but unable to control himself, with the mind wandering away from Yoga, what end does one, failing to gain perfection in Yoga, meet, O Krishna? 38. Does he not, fallen from both, perish, without support, like a rent cloud, O mighty-armed, deluded in the path of Brahman? 38 39. This doubt of mine, O Krishna, Thou shouldst completely dispel; for it is not possible for any but Thee to dispel this doubt. 39 The Blessed Lord said: 40. Verily, O son of Prithâ, there is destruction for him, neither here nor hereafter: for, the doer of good, O my son, never comes to grief. 40 41. Having attained to the worlds of the righteous, and dwelling there for everlasting years, one fallen from Yoga reincarnates in the home of the pure and the prosperous. 41 42. Or else he is born into a family of wise Yogis only; verily, a birth such as that is very rare to obtain in this world. 42 43. There he is united with the intelligence acquired in his former body, and strives more than before, for perfection, O son of the Kurus. 43 44. By that previous practice alone, he is borne on in spite of himself. Even the enquirer after Yoga rises superior to the performer of Vedic actions. 44 45. The Yogi, striving assiduously, purified of taint, gradually gaining perfection through many births, then reaches the highest goal. 46. The Yogi is regarded as superior to those who practise asceticism, also to those who have obtained wisdom (through the Shâstras). He is also superior to the performers of action, (enjoined in the Vedas). Therefore, be thou a Yogi, O Arjuna! 46 47. And of all Yogis, he who with the inner self merged in Me, with Shraddhâ devotes himself to Me, is considered by Me the most steadfast. 47   The end of the sixth chapter, designated The Way of Meditation. 137:1 Bounden duty: Nityakarma. Renouncer of action as well as of steadfast mind: Sannyâsi and Yogi. Without fire: He that has renounced actions enjoined by the Vedas, requiring fire as adjunct, e.g., Agnihotra. Without action: He who has renounced actions which do not require fire as adjunct, such as austerities and meritorious acts like digging wells etc. 138:2 Sankalpa—is the working of the imaging faculty, forming fancies, making plans and again brushing them aside, conceiving future results, starting afresh on a new line, leading to different issues, and so on and so forth. No one can be a Karma-Yogin or a devotee to action, who makes plans and wishes for the fruit of action. 139:3 Purification of the heart leading to concentration—Yoga. "For a Brâhmana there is no wealth like unto (the eye of) one-ness, (and) even-ness, trueness, refinement, steadiness, harmlessness, straightforwardness, and gradual withdrawal from all action."—Mahâbhârata, Shânti Parva. 175, 88. 139:4 Attained concentration: Yogârudha. Renouncer of all Sankalpas: "O desire, I know where thy root lies: thou art born of Sankalpa. I shall not think of thee, and thou shalt cease to exist, together with thy root." Mahâbhârata. Shânti Parva. 177, 25. 140:5 The self-conscious nature of man is here considered in two aspects as being both the object of spiritual uplift and the subject of spiritual uplift, the ego acted upon and the ego acting upon the former. This latter active principle or ego should be kept strong in its uplifting function, for it. is apt to turn an enemy, if it is not a friend, and the next verse explains the reason. 141:6 The self is the friend of one, in whom the aggregate of the body and the senses has been brought under control, and an enemy when such in not the case. 141:7 Hence he remains unruffled in pleasant and adverse environments. 142:8 Wisdom—Jnâna: knowledge of Shâstras. Realisation—Vijnâna: one's own experience of the teachings of Shâstras. Changeless—like the anvil. Things are hammered and shaped on the anvil, but the anvil remains unchanged: in the same manner he is called Kutastha—whose heart remains unchanged though objects are present. 144:11 Arranged in consecution: that is,—the Kusha-grass arranged on the ground; above that, a tiger or deer skin, covered by a cloth. 144:13 Gazing at the tip of his nose,—could not be-literally meant here, because then the mind would be fixed only there, and not on the Self: when the eyes are half-closed in meditation, and the eye-balls are still, the gaze is directed, as it were, on the tip of the nose. 146:16 The Yoga-shâstra prescribes: "Half (the stomach) for food and condiments, the third (quarter) for water, and the fourth should be reserved for free motion of air." 149:20 Which is perceived . . . intellect: Which the purified intellect can grasp independently of the senses. When in meditation the mind is deeply concentrated, the senses do not function and are resolved into their cause,—that is, the mind; and when the latter is steady, so that there is only the intellect functioning, or in other words, cognition only exists, the indescribable Self is realised. 151:27 Brahman-become, i.e., one who has realised that all is Brahman. Taint—of good and evil. 152:30 Separated, i.e., by time, space, or anything intervening. 153:31 Worships Me: realises Me as the Self of all. Established in unity, i.e., having resolved all duality in the underlying unity. 153:32 Seeing that whatever is pleasure or pain to, himself, is alike pleasure or pain to all beings, he, the highest of Yogins, wishes good to all and evil to none,—he is always harmless and compassionate to all creatures. 154:34 'Krishna,' is derived from 'Krish,' to scrape: Krishna is so called, because He scrapes or draws away all sins and other evils from His devotees. 155:35 Cf. Patanjali I. 12. Practice: Earnest and repeated attempt to make the mind steady in its unmodified state of Pure Intelligence, by means of constant meditation upon the chosen Ideal. Renunciation: Freedom from desire for any pleasures, seen or unseen, achieved by a constant perception of evil in them. 157:38 Fallen from both: That is, from both the paths of knowledge and action. 157:39 Since there can be no better teacher than the Omniscient Lord. 158:40 Tâta—son. A disciple is looked upon as a son; Arjuna is thus addressed having placed himself in the position of a disciple to Krishna. 158:41 Everlasting years—not absolutely, meaning a very long period. 159:42 Very rare: more difficult than the one mentioned in the preceding Sloka. 159:43 Intelligence—Samskâra: Store of experience in the shape of impressions and habits. Strives . . . perfection: Strives more strenuously to attain to higher planes of realisation than those acquired in his former birth. 160:44 Borne on in spite of himself: carried to the goal of the course which he marked out for himself in his last incarnation, by the force of his former Samskâras, though he might be unconscious of them—or even unwilling to pursue it, owing to the interference of some untoward Karma. Rises &c.: lit. goes beyond the Word-Brahman, i.e., the Vedas. 161:46 Wisdom: Knowledge from precepts, but not direct insight into the Divine Truth. 162:47 Of all Yogis &c.:—of all Yogis he who devotes himself to the All-pervading Infinite, is superior to those who devote themselves to the lesser ideals, or gods, such as Vasu, Rudra, Aditya, etc.

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1 Shawn Bose = "This concept is often cited as one of the major pillars of Hindu philosophy - the importance of doing one's duty - wholly, fully devoted to it - for the sake of the action itself - not for what the result will bring.  Essentially by focusing on the work at hand  - one's complete focus is dedicated to it and if that is done then the rewards will follow naturally.  This has become popular and has been adopted in business and entrepreneurship - acting in the moment/acting small. Wanting to do the work for the enjoyment of it - for the doing - allowing success to follow naturally."
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will"Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankalpa_%28Hindu_thought%29"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Goes back to not finding peace or happiness externally, but internally."
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "The larger consciousness of God."
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "Kusha matSource: http://www.rudraksham.com/product-detail/618/112/puja-items--rudraksha-puja-mats-Kusha-Mat---Aasana"
6 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://www.olmoling.org/contents/meditation"
7 Enakshi Ganguly = ""a religious student or observer of Brahmanical rules of purity"Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=kPnZAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT1294&lpg=PT1294&dq=Brahmach%C3%A2ri&source=bl&ots=8i7gVNzOII&sig=6ar9P8gztzpG8gl4RBXBvJnfuTM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uqx4VM6LIuHIsQSSiYCoAQ&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Brahmach%C3%A2ri&f=false"
8 Enakshi Ganguly = "Overindulgence or underindulgence is not okay. The ability to find a balance is key to finding God."
9 Enakshi Ganguly = "Someone who is not moved by joy or misery is said to be one with God. She does not let external factors affect her faith and her steadfastness in God."
10 Enakshi Ganguly = "Subjugation sounds too violent and aggressive. The true implication may be 'control' or 'guidance'."
11 Enakshi Ganguly = "The great difference between Hinduism and Western religions is that Hinduism does not necessarily promote good over evil. Hinduism promotes duty and inner peace rather than a standard of good."
12 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://www.ariseindiaforum.org/why-be-hindu-what-does-hinduism-stands-for/"
13 Enakshi Ganguly = "Practice means to meditate, perform yoga and carry out one's duty."
14 Enakshi Ganguly = "Krishna means that when one is reborn and has attained a higher spiritual standing, one is able to recall the wisdom of previous lives. The ability to do that remains mostly with children, and as we get older, our souls forget. It is quite a privilege to be able to hold on to the wisdom that was given before, and to apply it to the life at present. Thus, meditation and yoga are key practices to know the Self. "
15 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: https://theabysmal.wordpress.com/category/non-linear-time/"
16 Enakshi Ganguly = "Vedic Yajna (ritual)"
17 Enakshi Ganguly = "A vow that is made."
18 Enakshi Ganguly = "This may be a remark towards Bhishma and the vow of celibacy that he took so that his father could remarry a woman who wanted her future children to reign as King and Queen, not Bhishma. Thus, for his father's happiness, Bhishma took the vow of celibacy."
19 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Bheeshma_oath_by_RRV.jpg"
20 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://klynwurth.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/anvil-by-andrea-brancaccio2.jpg"
21 Enakshi Ganguly = "The Sanskrit word kutastha means "that which remains unchanged"Source: http://www.yogananda.com.au/g/g_kutastha.html"
22 Enakshi Ganguly = "The balance of eating and keeping healthy physically is central to attaining oneness with God. One who is over indulgent or does not treat the vessel properly, there is no foundation to grow towards God."
23 Enakshi Ganguly = "How to meditate:http://zenhabits.net/meditation-for-beginners-20-practical-tips-for-quieting-the-mind/"
24 Enakshi Ganguly = "Being able to understand that the world is multi-faceted and chaotic-- to be able to understand that, and to be at peace with it all-- that's reaching a true level of devotion."
25 Enakshi Ganguly = "Being compassionate to all creatures is just as important as being compassionate to oneself. Hinduism stresses self care as extremely important:http://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/women/radiant-health-and-beauty/yogini-s-guide-glowing-health"
26 Enakshi Ganguly = "Here is an excellent video retelling Krishna's birth into the world."
27 Enakshi Ganguly = "A man or woman who renounces the world (at least in the very typical sense) looks like this:Source: http://www.mountainsoftravelphotos.com/Manaslu/2003-10%20Manaslu/Kathmandu/slides/Manaslu%2000%2016%20Kathmandu%20Durbar%20Square%20Hindu%20Ascetic.html"
28 Enakshi Ganguly = "One does not have to become an ascetic in order to renounce the world's pleasures. One can still eat good food, have sex, have a family, and live a typical mainstream lifestyle. The intent behind all of one's actions is very important. Have sex, but do not indulge in it, so that you forget your duties. Drink alcohol, but do not become so addicted that drinking becomes an habit, or worse, a coping mechanism. In Hinduism, intent and moderation are key to balance and attaining a higher spirituality."
29 Enakshi Ganguly = ""So be it""
30 Enakshi Ganguly = "Literally means 'impression'. "Whenever an action is performed with the desire for a specific result (whether for oneself or another), sanskara is created for that person. These accumulate and determine the situations with which we will be presented in the future and will influence the scope of future actions."Source: http://www.advaita.org.uk/sanskrit/terms_rs.htm"
31 Enakshi Ganguly = "It would be a blessing for someone to understand the world better because of the wisdom they have attained in their past life. It only means that they are closer to attaining God than they realize. There have been many instances where Hindus remember past lives, or simply have an intuition of an address, a location, and coming to the realization that the location was their home in a past life. "