Gita Daily Readings

May 17th
Chapter Six: 26-28
From whatever cause the restless and unsteady mind wanders away, from that let him restrain it and bring it under the control of the self alone.

Supreme bliss verily comes to this yogi whose mind is quite peaceful, whose passion is quieted, who has become Brahman and who is free from sin.

The yogi, always engaging the self thus, freed from sins, easily enjoys the infinite bliss of contact with Brahman.

Commentary

"Detach the mind from the objects, attach it to the Lord," said my Master, Swami Sivananda. This is not easy, but it is not impossible, and, what is vital to remember, it has got to be done.

The mind, wandering away from the center of our being, seeking the contact of the objects of this world, is the cause of sin and is itself sin. This, verily, is suffering too. The mind, uprooted from its own center (the self) wanders in misery, weeping in pain, groping in darkness, desperate in anxiety. Even as a child that has strayed away from its mother is filled with dread, weeps, and is unable to enjoy the carnival, the mind of the worldly man who has lost his contact with God is filled with worries and he is unable to enjoy the omnipresence of God.

When that mind is detached from the contact of worldly objects by constant and persistent practice, and when it is simultaneously attached to Brahman (God), it enables the yogi to enjoy infinite bliss which is his own essential nature.

Once this inner contact is made, the yogi should try to remain in it. It will be easy because the happiness derived from it is incomparably superior to all else and the mind will be ready and eager to drop all other pursuits. The path thenceforth becomes easy and smooth. Remaining firmly established in Brahman, the yogi becomes Brahman, i.e., he realizes that Brahman alone is real, and the "I" has never been real. I exist, of course, but not as "I" or "me" or "mine." The egosense, the mind, the intellect, the world and matter are there, but as integral, inseparable God.

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