Yoga is not for one who eats too much or eat not at all

One who sleeps too much or sleep not at all  6.16

Yoga liberates one from pain who in food and pleasure is moderate

In action regulated and in sleep and waking moderate 6.17

One who controls his thoughts and focused on the Self

Free from desires he is a Master of the Self  6.18

A Yogi in union with the Self thoughts kept under

Is like a lamp in shelter that does not flicker  6.19

 Thoughts becalmed, seeing the Self in the Self

Mind at rest from Yoga, he is satisfied in Self 6.20

I acknowledge this lovely Zen like arrangement from the Net!

Dictionaries define equanimity in different ways. being calm under stress, balanced, composed and such other meaning are common. In Sanskrit, the word samatva translates into equanimity well.  All of Tao and Zen lead us into equanimity.

Here, Krishna takes the meaning of equanimity a bit further. Undisturbed under all conditions, moderated between pain & pleasure, sleep & wakefulness,  the Yogi needs to move within to be able to sustain the state equanimity.

Some of us are able to balance and moderate for periods of time. Yet, we blow our fuses once in a while. We realize we have made a mistake in expressing our anger or fear or greed, and then control ourselves for another period of time. I have seen this in those who claim to be enlightened. They have a public face and a private face. The public mask also slips sometimes. The private mask is that of any average human being.

Vedic scriptures lead us to our ego as the root cause of this loss of equanimity.

Scholars have written pages on the two faces of ego, ahankara and mamakara, the external and internal presentations of ego. Ahankara, they say, is I-ness and mamakara mine-ness. Some opine that the gap between these is what causes the problem. I am not that intelligent. All i know is that when i blow my fuse, the overload arises from my ego. I feel that i have  been wronged or denied or thwarted or threatened or whatever. It makes no difference as to whether it’s a threat to me or mine. My brain is not that smart to differentiate and respond. I merely react.

In a sense, Krishna is talking here about the difference between responding and reacting. When we react, we act instinctively. We act to protect ourselves and ours. It is a very primal flight or fight response. It’s also an animal response. Though natural to animals, this is not natural to humans, who can think and respond.

Responding is acting with intelligence, and in cases where we are more evolved, acting with intuition.

I coach people in a technique i call OLA: Observe Listen Act.

When we observe all aspects of a situation, listen actively and with all senses to what others are saying and doing and then act, we express intelligence and respond. As we keep practicing OLA, the behavior gets embedded and we move into the higher level of intuition.

Vedic scriptures say that the path to the Self is an intuitive path