Gita Daily Readings

May 20th
Chapter Six: 33-34
Arjuna said: This yoga of equanimity taught by thee, 0h Krishna, I do not see its steady continuance, because of the restlessness of the mind.

The mind verily is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding, 0h Krishna; I deem it as difficult to control as to control the wind.

Anyone who has endeavored to fix the mind knows how difficult it is; if the object of our attention is outside, and sensuously attractive, perhaps it compels our attention. Anyone who has tried to focus the attention on an idea or an ideal within oneself will appreciate what Arjuna says here! An otherwise passive mind becomes suddenly active; the otherwise placid lake of the mind becomes agitated; and the mind takes us farther away from the inner ideal than we ever imagined it could!

The power of delusion, of ignorance, of animal desires and instincts, is so strong that any attempt at controlling the mind is seriously resented by it. It is the experience of many that "since beginning to concentrate and meditate, the inner impurities seem to have grown." We seem to be farther from God now than before we even thought about him.

It is good to know that it is a step towards God, a sign of progress! The inner devil has been disturbed, shaken from his complacent existence as the lord of our inner world. Like an angry cat at bay, he is now fighting with his back to the wall - he is cornered!

The fight is hard and long-drawn, but let us fight the good fight with faith in the Lord, for once the mind itself is offered at the feet of the Lord, to serve him, it will become our best friend. This is the symbolism of Hanuman (the son of wind - wind and mind are the same, only the "m" is upside-down) in the Ramayana. This restless "monkey" (the mind) is invincible, wise, and heroic, and is able to work wonders, once it is made to serve the Lord.

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