Friday, February 11, 2011





Are you in some sorrow, or in some difficulty?

Most of us are.

The Bhagavad Gita told to Arjuna by Lord Krishna over 5000 years ago, has an answer to our difficulties and our Sorrows. And, the most effective answer.

DHYANA YOGA, chapter.6 of the Gita, tells us the method of meditation, by which we can derive infinite and boundless joy.  

After all – what is our whole AIM in life?

We want the Best of Joy and total avoidance of Sorrows.

That is what Yoga promises us. And, delivers with Certainty.

Maharshi Patanjali has, much later, written his YOGA SUTRAS on the same subject in a highly systematic fashion.

Here are Ten Great Quotes on Dhyana Yoga from Lord Krishna himself.

The quote; the Number of Sanskrit verse in Dhyana Yoga from which it is extracted; and Brief comments are furnished here for your convenience:

(1)     Yogi performs his duties Selflessly, without desire for the fruits of his actions (to himself)-Vs.6.1

Comments : Yogi can be recognized by this one test. Does he  perform selfless actions – most of the time? If his actions are selfless, he is Yogi.

(2)     You must uplift your self by your own efforts, in which case, you become your best friend. If you debase yourself, you become your worst enemy. –V.6.5.

Comments : Do not look to others to uplift You. You must help your self to uplift you and thus, become your own best friend. If you debase your self, either in thoughts, words or actions, you become your worst enemy.

(3)     When the Ego based mind(your baser self) is subdued and controlled by the enlightened Intellect (which is your higher self), then You become your own best friend. When the Ego based mind  is not so subdued and controlled by the Enlightened Intellect, then you become your own worst enemy (v.6.6)

Comments : Here Atmanah is not to be interpreted as Soul. Soul does not participate in any actions but always remains a witness. All battles are fought between the Mind and the Intellect. When Mind is the winner, you become slave to it and become your own enemy. When your Intellect is the winner, mind becomes your slave and your friend too under the control of the Buddhi or Intellect. This battle is in your hands.

(4)     When you have conquered and controlled your mind (the baser self), you become infinitely peaceful and calm and get firmly established in your highest self. Your peacefulness now, cannot be disturbed by any dualities of life like Heat and Cold, Sorrows and Pleasures, honour and dishonor (V.6.7).

Comments : Mind is responsible for all restlessness, wavering and turbulence in you. You are tossed between  various dualities and suffer on account of them – only because of this baser self called mind. You can control and conquer this by your higher self, the enlightened Intellect (or,Buddhi). When you have conquered and controlled your turbulent mind – you become so peaceful and joyful as if the almighty has taken a firm seat in you. Nothing can disturb or make you suffer now.

(5)     The yogi is – one who looks upon well wishers, friends, foes, Strangers, mediators, hateful persons, relatives, saints and sinners with equal mindedness (V.6.9).

Comments : Ordinary men behave one way with friends and another way with enemies. We revere saints and keep off from sinners. But, Yogi sees himself in all; all in himself; and the almighty in all. He makes no difference among people on any ground.

(6)     Yoga – is not for those who overeat, who starve, who oversleep or who sleep too little (V.6.16).

Comments : Moderation in all aspects of life is the key for success in Yoga. This makes the mind restful. Either extreme makes it suffer and it, in turn, makes the practitioner of Yoga suffer much more and for longer time.

(7)     Yoga destroys all sorrows of that practitioner of yoga, who is appropriate and regulated in diet, in recreation, in performing actions, in sleep and in wakefulness. (V.6.17).

Comments : Yoga lays great stress on moderation in all aspects of life, as the key for success in Yoga. Either extreme makes us suffer and distracts from yoga.

(8)      Yogi who identifies with his Self (Atman) sees him self in all beings and sees all beings in his self (V.6.29).

Comments : Yogi’s vision extends itself vastly, throughout the Universe. This is one test by which you can measure your progress in Yoga. You do not, any more, differentiate your self from any one else. The real self means the Atman, which is again none other than the all pervading Brahman.

(9)     The yogi sees the Almighty in all beings and all beings in the almighty and therefore never loses sight of Him and the almighty also never loses sight of the Yogi-(V.6.30).

Comments : Yogi is always in presence of the almighty and so is the almighty in the presence of the Yogi.

(10) Let there be no doubt that mind is restless and difficult to control; but with repeated practice and control of one’s desires, mind can be brought under control.(V.6.35)

Comments : Both Lord Krishna and Patanjali Maharshi have said that Mind is very difficult to control – but, through constant practice (Abhyasa) of Mind control and Non-attachment to desires (Vairagyam), it is possible to control the mind gradually. Patanjali declares in the first verse itself that Yoga means Mind control.

When the whole science of Yoga is for Mind control – is it not obvious that Mind is the most difficult to control?

But, when mind is controlled through practice and non attachment, it becomes full of peace, contentment and unbounded and infinite joy. Lot more things happen to such a mind – as stated by Patanjali.

At each step of Yoga, the yogi gets certain benefits automatically, but must move on till he attains unbounded and limitless joy, which Patanjali calls as Samaadhi.

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