Bhagavad Gita Chapter V - Verse 26 & Verse 27-28 Print E-mail

Verse 26



From Verse 22 onwards Krsna has been preparing us for meditation which is the topic of the sixth Chapter.


Verse 22 - Sense contacts are wombs of sorrow. The wise do not revel in them.

Verse 23 - One who withstands the force of desire is a happy person.

Verse 24 - Internal practice for advanced spiritual aspirants.

Verse 25 - External practice for the initiates.


In this verse He says one who is free from desire and anger finds liberation in Brahman. Anger is an aberration of desire. When desire is obstructed there is anger. Desire is overcome through the three practices – Karma, Bhakti and Jnana Yogas.


Yatinam – Control of the body and external world.


Yatacetasam – Control of the mind and the inner world.


Both are possible by the use of the intellect. Hence the importance of strengthening the intellect and being alert at all times.


Meditation is absolute control of the mind and senses. Here the subtle intellect is used to keep the mind focussed on one thought and not slip to any other thought during the process of meditation.


Verse 27 - 28



The mind is not steady because of external and internal disturbances. These two verses speak of removing the factors that disturb the mind as a result of which the mind becomes meditative by nature. Then it is given a mantra to focus on.


Excluding external contacts - This is done prior to meditation by the practice of Karma, Bhakti and Jnana Yogas as well as during meditation.


Gazing between the eyebrows – This is symbolic of rising above the pairs of opposites. When the gaze is centred you are concentrating. Slightly above denotes an attitude of devotion. Then the jnana caksu opens, the eye of wisdom.


Balancing the intake and output of breath - Deep, controlled and rhythmic breathing helps keep the mind calm.


Senses, mind and intellect controlled – Both gross and subtle intellect need to be well fortified as the mind has a tendency to slip and take you off course. Just one thought is enough to lead you astray.


Solely pursuing moksa – You have no interest in anything worldly. You have the intense desire for liberation. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said your desire for freedom should be as powerful as that of a man drowning in water craves for air!


Free from desire, fear and anger – Even the desire for liberation stands in the way of Realisation. Desire agitates the mind and impairs action.


Then the sage becomes free forever – This experience is not a momentary glimpse or emotional ecstasy. It is a becoming. Like a dreamer becomes a waker, never to return to the same dream.



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