Bhagwad Gita Slokas 2.66-2.68 (Parisamvad)

Bhagwad Gita Transcribed from Parisamvad at The Yoga Institute.

Chapter 2, Sloka 66, 67 & 68

There is no knowledge (of the self) to the unsteady , and to the unsteady no meditation and to the unmeditated no peace; to the peaceless, how can there be happiness? (2.66)



For the mind, which follows in the wake of the wandering senses, carries away his discrimination as the wind carries away a boat on the waters.

Therefore, O Mighty-armed, his knowledge is steady whose senses are completely restrained from sense-objects.

“We are dealing with uncontrolled emotions. We have not really worked on it. This mind is distracted, emotions come and go and they create havoc. The senses are at the end part. They run here and there. Naturally the person has no peace. When the mind itself is disturbed then intelligence is affected, discrimination is affected. With the loss of discrimination the man is like a fool. A clarity as to why we have taken to studying this language, this kind of literature, how we want to gain a control over ourselves, how the mind will have to be checked, the senses will have to be checked – this thinking has to go on. We can’t control ourselves that easily. The basic factors have to be identified and how one after the other they create problem. But we play about with senses, the mind. Any thought, any imagination, any sight, any touch. We don’t recognize the deep impact it makes. Finally of course we behave also like idiots, later on we regret. A certain strength is required when one wants to restrain.

Not restraining is easy – one just sees something, does something. The work has to be tough one, how much so ever we may like it to be soft and easy. Apparently the work that one may do, if interested in yoga, is not that tough. One need not choose very difficult Asanas, a Sukhasana can do the miracle. The problem is of doing it. We don’t sit in Sukhasana, unless we are doing some Asanas together. So this effort, even the slightest, in this direction of self improvement, that is the problem. Not to eat something, not to speak – apparently they are not impossible things. One can decide and not speak at wrong times. Our whole mental structure has been so made that we don’t control these things. They just happen. We have never trained ourselves to control these urges. Elimination is one urge we try to control. We have never trained ourselves to control the other urges. They are not that impossible, but we don’t see any meaning. Unfortunately a little pressure has got struck, so indulging in these urges pleases us. This is the problem with us.”

“The first 2 Slokas talk about who doesn’t have a stable mind. 1) Person has no control over the mind. 2) No control on the sensory organs – what you like to do, you do. 3) There is no reason – Why do you get angry? Why do you get upset? Why do you criticize? There are people who don’t get angry in the same situation. Such a person who is not of a thinking type, who doesn’t think of God, will never be happy. The 3rd Sloka says that the wind carries the boat here and there. In the same way the sensory organs carry our mind here and there and reasoning is lost. Humans are superior to animals because of our reasoning power. We can think what is right, what is wrong. Usually we don’t think, so we behave like animals.
The wind takes away the boat, because the boat doesn’t have the reasoning power. A situation happened, so we reacted. Somebody shouted, so I shouted back, somebody behave rudely so I get hurt or I also behave rudely . So it is like wind and boat. There is no reasoning why you should react. You are an independent individual, you have all the capacity to think, you are superior to animals. We have to be thinking type. Think before you do any action. The 3rd Sloka says , whose mind is under control? That one , whose sensory organs are under control, so his mind is in control, so his reasoning power is intact. Never let the senses overpower you. Don’t we want to be in a state where nothing upsets us, we are always in a state of Ananda ? Ever seen, Guru Nanak, Buddha, Mahavir weeping? They are always in a blissful state, because there is understanding. They were also living in this world, but they had the understanding.”

About Parisamvad

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The Tuesday Parisamvad is dedicated to explanation of the the Bhagwad Gita by our esteemed Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji.

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