Bhagwad Gita Slokas 2.62 & 2.63

Bhagwad Gita Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 2, Slokas 62 & 63

While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.

From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool.

These human weakness are discussed. We look at things, we just can’t help it. We can’t stop. We create feelings, we remember them, wish for them, want to have them. These things happen in life. When we have them, in the beginning we are attached, we hold on to them. Later on, some kind of disgust also occurs. Anger and all kinds of actions and it goes on. These are no doubt very ordinary statements but they apply to us. We just can’t help it. We can’t look at a thing in a very neutral way and respond correctly. If there is something good, we show our happiness, if it’s something bad, we turn away from that. This is not the way we should function. We immediately form opinions, express opinions; we want to form a group of people having similar opinions. It goes on snowballing.

A Yogi can look at things without showing any feeling. In case there is something good, he may show a happy feeling but not go further and further. If there is something bad, he doesn’t look at it again, he turns away. This kind of a self control we don’t have and reactions come and reactions don’t stop. One reaction brings another and this is our life. We can’t sit happily, quietly. We have some feelings for others and that is troubling us all the time. So that peace of mind doesn’t come.

In yoga we are interested in getting into that peaceful state, where understanding can happen. Unfortunately we can’t create that peace. Disturbances get in and sometimes we don’t like that peace also. We want action, occasionally happy, occasionally unhappy. Sometimes terribly unhappy. That will continue. All this sounds pessimistic? All this is logical but it is a fact that we don’t follow. Are we afraid of becoming too sincere? Can it be dangerous? If we put efforts under such fear then on the last day of our life, our condition will be the same. What we call real hard work, real decision making that should happen immediately and we should implement also immediately. Eg. of Mr. Sharad Chauhan. He has been coming for 30 years and doesn’t miss a single day. He keeps coming, keeps learning and there is tremendous change in him. One needs this sort of sincerity. Just to sign the muster, such things will not help. We say, but we are not firm and life just passes away. In no area we are determined, firm. We say and start doing it – this does not happen. We just say for the sake of saying, we make a show; we don’t do any internal homework. We say we will do it, there’s plenty of time and one day we just have to say Good Bye to life.

If we don’t control our sensory organs, if we are terribly interested in the world, we start getting attached, we expect something from the world, we start taking joy and sorrow from the world, then we are stuck with the world. Then we have desires and when desires are not fulfilled then we get angry. Whatever you do in life, don’t get stuck with any situation. See, understand, and leave it. Situations will occur. After all, we are in the world. We have to deal with it. Right from the body, everything is matter. We don’t take pain and suffering because of it. We should not expect anything, we don’t desire anything. The expectations that I should always remain happy, always remain healthy, is wrong. People come to me and say that I want to die happily. I don’t want to suffer, be hospitalized and die. Now who has control over what? Why think about it? Why desire for it? Just live properly. One needs to have proper understanding of the world and not have expectations. Expectations lead to anger, frustration, negativity. We have to work on our self. It is very easy to get entangled in situations.”

Q : To reach God, does one have to leave ‘Bhajiya’ (a fried food item)?

A : Don’t leave it. If it is the time to eat, eat. Don’t overeat. Always keep the duty idea as the uppermost .

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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