25 Sep Bhagwad Gita 2.54 & 2.55 (Parisamvad)
Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.
Chapter 2, Shlokas 54
2.54 – Arjuna said: O Krishna, what are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?
2.55 – The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Partha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.
Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra:
In the case of Paramhamsa Madhavdasji, he was highly evolved. Just a day before he passed away, he informed the people that it would happen. Total control. It is a different kind of mind – the mind that has seen everything, known everything, understood. There is no further interest, no curiosity. Conversations of such people are not petty conversations, they are of the divine – God. They can get totally lost into it. Madhavdasji was such a person and Shri Yogendraji saw him and would report about it. Madhavadasji would be sitting in a discussion and suddenly he would be off, quiet and all the disciples would tell each other to walk out and they would all go away. He would continuously sit for hours in a different world.
So the Sthithprajna, whose Prajna / wisdom is established, does not function like the ordinary individual – running around, showing all kinds of emotions. He can remain stable and in these kinds of deep thoughts for long, long periods. For us it is just like a fairy tale. Our mind is all the time running here and there and we can’t remain established. When great people have met other people who are also great – that momentary meeting influences – they see the other person, the poise and that influences them.
Shri Yogendraji was an atheist, a non believer. Physically he was a strong person, a wrestler. His friend in the college pushed him to come with him to the place where Madhavdasji was giving a talk. Very very reluctantly he joined him. When he saw this man, he was stunned – he changed. Madhavdasji, who was lecturing, immediately got up, took him by his hand into a room, made him sit down and put his hand on the boy’s head. The young boy, hardly eighteen years old, a villager, lost his earlier nature. He remained seated for hours till the teacher finished the lecture and came down. He patted him on his shoulders, the boy opened his eyes and the teacher asked, ‘What have you decided?’ The boy who used to hate Sadhus, did not believe in materialism – his answer and gesture – he prostrated – he had never done such a thing in his life before or after. He prostrated and said, ‘I follow you.’ It was an unusual statement and he followed Madhavdasji. He left St. Xavier’s College. His father was shocked. The community people said he has gone off his mind. This is the change that occurred, in one who has understood and is committed. There is no looking back.
These are statements based on actual life. Such individuals are lost in their own world and are not generally interested in the ordinary people and their statements. Occasionally when they are pursued, they speak. They speak something very worthwhile and don’t elaborate. Madhavdasji was brought to Santacruz, Juhu to meet the father of our oldest pathologist, who was given to opium. Madhavdasji came reluctantly. He looked at this man, the man also looked at him and the only thing he said, ‘Stop taking opium.’ That was all. The man stopped taking opium. The work need not be sitting and thinking – company of right persons, one can quickly judge and understand and that little moment is the only work that needs to be done. You are in the company of the right person, grasp the deeper meaning and leave it there. We had a person like that, not talking too much. Actually the person was a tailor. All that I remember is that a new building was built. He personally took care of that building, sweeping it, cleaning it. He set up a hostel for outsiders to stay. He attended to the people who came, helped in the seven day residential camps. Nobody knew him, he made no big announcements. He did it all quietly.
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(Shloka and its English translation taken from http://www.ishwar.com/hinduism/holy_bhagavad_gita).