Gita Daily Readings

27th February
Chapter II: 70
He attains peace into whom all desires enter as waters enter the ocean which, filled from all sides, remains unmoved; but not the man who is full of desires.

Commentary

The mind which runs outside, carried away by the senses, is full of evil qualities, the chief among which is ceaseless and insatiable desire, born of rajas and tamas. The mind that is controlled by buddhi is pure. The pure mind is peaceful. Desirelessness is peace.

Krishna gives us a beautiful picture vividly illustrating this wonderful truth. Water rises from the ocean as vapor. The wind drives it over the land where the clouds drift over hilltops and the water comes down as rain. As little streams and rivers, it is then drawn down, and its fate before it reaches the plains is one of extreme uncertainty and restlessness. As it flows over the plains, it is a bit calmer, hut not till it reaches the ocean does it attain that supreme peace which was its own original nature! However, the vapor that rises from the ocean regains its original state at once if it rains on the ocean itself. Ocean itself remains the same all the time.

The man who is ignorant and full of rajas and tamas is like the cloud driven over the land - restless and unhappy. Only when he reaches the plain of the guru's feet and satsang does he have a little peace. After much restlessness he attains God, the ocean. But the desireless, sattvika man knows how to redirect every desire into its own source, the self. When a desire arises in the mind, let it get reabsorbed into itself, the source of bliss. The self or what-is does not undergo increase or decrease, though all life apparently emerges from it and returns to it.

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