Bhagavad Gita Chapter II - Verse 66 & Verse 67 Print E-mail

Verse 66

 

 

The verse starts by saying that there is no intellect for the ayukta - one who is not yoked to a higher ideal, the highest being Atman. The higher the goal to which one is aligned, the greater the serenity. When you have fixed a goal, you tend to direct all your activities towards it. Anything that interferes with the pursuit of your goal is then weeded out. This discipline calms the mind and makes it contemplative. Only a calm mind can perceive the play of Divinity in the world. When you are disturbed you are unable to see the splendour of nature.

 

Bhavana means opening your mind to receiving signals from the Divine. This is achieved by thinking consistently of the goal, reflecting on it, formulating a plan of action, organising all activities to reach it. And devotion. The integration of the mind and intellect is necessary for the achievement of any goal, more so the spiritual goal. The combination of intellectual focus and devotion brings about saturation of thought. This culminates in crystallisation - Realisation. Just as crystals form when a solution of Copper Sulphate is saturated. When the mind and intellect are converged on the goal of Realisation, there is a sudden leap of consciousness and the solution to the mystery of life comes to you.

 

Without this process of saturation and crystallisation, without a meditative mind, there can be no peace. And without peace, how can there be happiness? In this verse He concludes the importance of the intellect.

 

If we go back to verse 60, He says `the senses carry away the mind’. In verse 61 He says `first restrain the senses’. In verses 62 and 63 He gives the stairway to destruction. When the intellect is not alert, one thought is enough to destroy you. Just as when your immune system is not strong, one bacterium is enough to cause infection. In verse 64, He gives the prescription for sense control and if you follow it, you get peace. In verse 65, He says 'that peace leads to a sharp intellect’. Here, He says `without control, there is neither peace nor happiness’., He deviates in verses 61 to 66 to explain the importance of the intellect. In 67, He connects with verse 60 and says `that mind which has been carried away by the senses, carries away the intellect’.

 

Verse 67

 

 

Here he uses a famous metaphor used in the scriptures to represent a human being's journey from the shore of mortality to that of Immortality.

 

The boat is the individual. The ocean represents the world which is full of ups and downs, just as the ocean is full of waves. The wind represents the passions of the mind. The captain is the intellect, `buddhi’. It is the intellect which steers you through the challenges of life. The compass represents the conscience in each one of us, the subtle intellect. The compass always points north. Similarly the conscience in us always points to the higher, to Atman. Be it a sage or a criminal, every one has a conscience. When you are inundated with desires the voice of conscience gets drowned. But if you follow the conscience you reach the harbour of peace. Here you meditate and cross over to the shore of Immortality.

 

The boat is the individual. The ocean represents the world which is full of ups and downs, just as the ocean is full of waves. The wind represents the passions of the mind. The captain is the intellect, `buddhi’. It is the intellect which steers you through the challenges of life. The compass represents the conscience in each one of us, the subtle intellect. The compass always points north. Similarly the conscience in us always points to the higher, to Atman. Be it a sage or a criminal, every one has a conscience. When you are inundated with desires the voice of conscience gets drowned. But if you follow the conscience you reach the harbour of peace. Here you meditate and cross over to the shore of Immortality.

 

You can pursue your profession, you can have a family, you can enjoy life but in and through all this there must be this focus. Why am I born in this world? What is my mission, raison d'être? It is not just to live a mechanical life. What are you a human being for? As the scriptures say, the sole purpose of human existence is to reach God. When you embark upon this journey, there will be challenges and hindrances. You must set them aside and pursue with the goal with sincerity and dedication. Give your mind a higher mission, a nobler goal.

 

When you get inspired with the higher, the mind automatically refrains from sense indulgence. It is not possible to control the senses by merely denying yourself. It is necessary to substitute the baser desires with a higher one.

 

 

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