Gita Daily Readings

May 7th
Chapter Six: 9
He who is of the same mind to the good-hearted, friends, enemies, the indifferent, the neutral, the hateful the relatives, the righteous and the unrighteous, excels.

Commentary

In chapter V, verse 18, the Lord said that the wise men have "equal vision." This is a very important concept or teaching in the Bhagavad Gita and needs clear-cut understanding. Our Master used to point out samadarsi (man of equal vision) is different from samavarti (man who behaves alike to all). We are asked to see the same self in all; but that should not lead us to the absurd position of trying to feed the goat with meat and the tiger with grass.

To remove the possibility of such misconception the Lord uses another expression here - samabuddhi. This same-mindedness is an entirely inner state that is very difficult to bring down to the level of exhibitionism. The yogi is aware of his unruffled state of mind when he meets any of the people listed in the verse above.

The yogi knows the difference between a newspaper and a currency note, but the sight of the currency note does not produce in him the excitement that it does in a worldly man. The only sign by which we shall know how he feels is the total absence of greed he exhibits and his unwillingness to hoard wealth.

The yogi has trained his buddhi or intelligence to be aware of the indwelling presence in all. But as long as he lives in the physical body, in this material world, he has a double-consciousness: he sees the gold and the clod of earth, but is aware that they both are part of God's nature. His intelligence is aware of God's omnipresence, though the mind and senses still receive the varied impressions in the world. His actions and reactions are strictly in accordance with God's will, unconditioned by personal likes and dislikes, love or hatred. He is naturally not attached to anything, neither rejecting it nor clinging to it, but enjoys it while it is there, knowing that everything is pervaded by God and his will be done. His individual "me" always knows itself as part of the great "He."

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