Bhagwad Gita 2.53 (Parisamvad)

Bhagwad Gita
Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 2, Shlokas 53

2.53 – When your mind is no longer disturbed by the flowery language of the Vedas, and when it remains fixed in the trance of self-realization, then you will have attained the divine consciousness.

We read a lot, many ideas are there and in a way we are confused. Somebody talks of one technique, another talks of another technique. Someone talks of one Guru, another talks of another Guru. The layman has so many options, and possibly he doesn’t take up any. The answer here is a total faith. If the instructions have been received from a source in which you have full faith, just follow them. Don’t go on reading, listening to others. Every mind is different – Matir Bhinna.
If you take to a spiritual path and want to sincerely follow yoga, then don’t go on fishing about various scriptures and various authorities. Each one will have a different outlook and you will try to find out some common link that may not come. There are 10 to 15 commentaries on the Yoga Sutras. Every commentator has something to say. This is true in other areas also. Shall we spend time in studying these commentaries and arguing? Which we do.
If you look at Sankaracharya’s Bhasya and the comment on that, it’s a thick volume; you can’t carry it. The statements there are simple. Accept one particular belief and follow. Don’t go on dabbling into various opinions and arguments. They will never satisfy. In our culture we have a tremendous belief in the earliest writing, the Vedas and those that followed Vedas, the Upanishads and some later Shastras. Much of our culture is based on that. We are today, challenging all this and setting up some new ideas. The new ideas also get challenged and we don’t arrive at any certainty. It is better that you prefer one particular option which was common sense and carry it out. That’s the way it has happened in our country.

Many, many years ago, my brother had high fever. He was 10 or 11 years old. We consulted the doctors. We had to spend a lot of money. We consulted a Dr. Bharucha who was considered as the final authority. He examined, nodded his head and we thought he had found some solution. We asked him, what was the problem? He announced that the boy has high fever. That, the thermometer showed. What more did Dr. Bharucha detect? Nothing. That night an American surgeon who was associated with the Institute, came down from Navsari. He looked at the child and immediately pronounced, “He has small pox.” Next morning there were markings on the body. So this is our problem. We are not sure of ourselves. Somewhere after some study, investigations, you have to settle down. You can’t keep searching all your life. Once you settle down, there is a lot of virtue in that settling down. The mind gets quiet, there are experiences and one carries on. If the basic is good, in course of time something good can happen.

Today’s Shloka gives another definition of yoga. When you steady your mind, make it peaceful, focused – totally undistracted – that is yoga. There are various definitions – balanced state of mind is yoga, excellence in work is yoga. This is your consciousness with universal consciousness, Atma Ka Parmatma Ke Saath Judna – that is yoga. Yoga is a path of self development. The person has to slowly become steadier, calmer, focused and come to a stage where the object of focus is the universal self. That would be the ultimate. Various thinking goes on in our life about anything. What food to eat, what type of work to do, how to do it? For any action there are various angles of looking at it, various opinions, various experiences. There is always confusion. Do this or that, is this right or wrong, etc. There are too many thoughts. So quieten your mind, stop thinking and focus on something which is superior. That is the answer. It is a simple formula.

About Parisamvad
On every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, The Yoga Institute, Santacruz holds Parisamvad sessions – Free interactive sessions that are open to all. These session begin at 7:20 am and end around 7:45 am.
The Tuesday Parisamvad is dedicated to explanation of the the Bhagwad Gita by our esteemed Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji.
All are welcome to attend.

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(Shloka and its English translation taken from
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