Gita Daily Readings

16th February
Chapter II:55
The blessed Lord said: When a man completely casts off, Oh Arjuna, all the desires of the mind, and when his self is satisfied in the self, then is he said to be one of steady wisdom.

Commentary

To the modern man, thoroughly prejudiced by the psychologist's emphatic declarations that an action invariably springs from a desire (almost always selfish) and a personal motive, the Gita-ideal is incomprehensible. The biologist, in his study of the behavior of an individual cell, often forgets that it is governed by the over-all life of the whole organism. It is the life and activity of the total organism that motivate the life and activity of the single cell. Man is part of a whole. Cosmic consciousness expresses itself in cosmic life. Man himself is a cell in the body of God. When personal and selfish desires pull him in a direction away from that of the divine will, he experiences pain. If he lives in tune with the divine will, he is free from pain and he enjoys a sense of fulfillment, since he consciously desires the divine will and is thus saved from frustration which would be inevitable if he desired the contrary.

Desirelessness or indifference to the result of action should not make us callous. Often people cover up their inefficiency with "See, I am not bothered about the outcome." If you did not do it well, then you deserve nothing but failure! Only if you did your best, and did your duty well, and then remained unconcerned about the result, have you understood the spirit of the Gita. Surely one should learn to distinguish between "natural desires or urges" like hunger, and "desires of the mind" like craving for chocolate. When the "desires of the mind" are cast off and the mind is relieved of selfish motives and desires, we joyously participate in the divine will, and, therefore, in supreme bliss or cosmic consciousness.

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