Says Arjuna, Oh Krishna, to reach equanimity as you say
How do I with my restless mind find the way 6.33
Oh Krishna, mind is restless as the wind to control
It’s turbulent, wavering and unwilling for control 6.34
Yes Arjuna, Says Krishna, mind indeed is restless and hard to restrain
But practice and disengagement will help in the path to sustain 6.35
Yoga and equanimity are hard to reach if one has no self-control
It’s achievable by one whose Self is in control 6.36
I acknowledge the picture from the Net.
For several verses in the Gita, over the last few chapters, Arjuna’s confusion has been about who is a Yogin, a person who has experienced the truth of the oneness of the individual spirit and the universal spirit. He questioned Krishna about whether action is the best route to lead to such an experience or whether inaction is.
Krishna’s clearly stated that action without an obsession to the fruits of action leads to this experience. This is the central theme of Gita. Krishna’s message is renunciation, but it’s not the renunciation of the monks and sanyasins who renounce all material possession externally, and yet carry them in their minds. Unfortunately, our world is full of these fake and fraudulent renunciates, who bring a bad name to their religion and all of spirituality. This is sheer hypocrisy.
Krishna’s message is Karma Yoga. It’s living in life, and yet not being touched by what happens in life. It’s like eating a piece of cake that you love, and stop with the first small piece of cake. It’s like looking at jar of cookies you love, and be satisfied looking.
Here, Arjuna, after having patiently heard Krishna elaborate on the qualities required of a Yogin, asks a simple question, one that troubles every human being: I have a mind that has a mind of its own. I know of no way to control this mind. It’s like the wind. How do i hold it? I am no match for its wiliness.
Krishna’s answer begs the question. He is being a true coach here. Arjuna begs for a solution. Krishna deflects it back to him.
Practise controlling the mind, says Krishna, by disengaging from what it seeks. He then gives a hint. Let the Self control the mind.
The experience that a Yogin seeks, the ultimate truth of oneness of the individual Self and the Universal Consciousness, which Arjuna seeks as well, is about realizing one’s Self. Arjun and all of humanity wants to know how. Here, Krishna throws it back at him, find the Self and it will control your mind.
Absolutely true, but then , Arjuna’s plight remains the same.
To me this is the mystery of Gita. This is a Zen Koan. It’s a circular puzzle, with no beginning and no end. The Self is the goal, and the Self is also the path to the goal. In my limited experience, the one person who provided the key to his Koan of Krishna was Maharishi Ramana with his Self Enquiry process. His was the path that the Upanishads prescribed and Shankara later made popular, one of neti neti neti, not this not this not this. Layer by layer if we discard what is not permanently real, we are left with what’s real.
In my experience this Koan can never be solved but resolved.