Text 1: The Supreme Personality of Godhead stated: The real mystic is one who lives in the surrendered order of life and works as required, not one who doesn’t light a fire or fulfil their obligations.
Text 2: O son of Pandu, you should realise that what is referred to as renunciation is actually yoga, which is uniting oneself with the Supreme. Without renunciating the craving for sense enjoyment, one cannot become a yogi.
Text 3: Work is referred to as the means for someone who is new to the eightfold yoga system, while the cessation of all material pursuits is referred to as the means for someone who has advanced in yoga.
Text 4: In yoga, a person is considered to be raised when, having forsaken all material goals, he neither engages in sense-gratifying activities nor acts for their own sake.
Text 5: One must elevate himself rather than lower himself by using his intellect to do so. The conditioned soul’s friend and adversary are both the mind.
Text 6: For someone who has won the mental battle, the mind is the best of allies; but, for someone who hasn’t, the mind will always be the worst foe.
Text 7: A person who has mastery of the mind has already earned the Supersoul because he has attained tranquilly. Happiness and misery, heat and cold, honour and disgrace, are all the same to such a man.
Text 8: When a person is completely pleased as a result of knowledge and enlightenment that have been attained, they are considered to be established in self-realization and are referred to as yogis [or mystics]. Such a person is self-controlled and placed in transcendence. Whether it’s pebbles, stones, or gold, he perceives everything as being the same.
Text 9: A person is said to be even more evolved when he has an equal mentality toward the devout and the sinners, the neutral, the mediators, the envious, the neutral, the friends and foes.
Text 10: A transcendentalist should live alone in a remote location and should constantly exercise conscious mind control. He should also engage his body, mind, and self in interaction with the Supreme. He should not have any urges or possessive sentiments.
Texts 11–12: To do yoga, one should find a quiet area, spread kua grass there, cover it with a deerskin, and then cover it with a soft cloth. The seat should be at a spiritual location and should not be too high or low. The yogi should then sit very firmly on it and perform yoga to cleanse the heart by exercising control over his thoughts, sensations, and daily activities while focusing his mind on a single object.
Texts 13–14: Maintain a straight posture with your torso, neck, and head while keeping your gaze fixed on the tip of your nose. Therefore, one should reflect on Me inside the heart and make Me the ultimate aim of life with an unagitated, quiet mind, free from fear, and entirely free from sex life.
Text 15: The mystic transcendentalist achieves the kingdom of God [or Krishna’s home] by ceasing to exist in the material world by continuously controlling his body, mind, and actions.
Text 16: If one eats too much or too little, sleeps too much or too little, there is no chance of becoming a yogi, O Arjuna.
Text 17: By using the yoga method, a person who has disciplined eating, sleeping, leisure, and work habits may lessen all material suffering.
Text 18: A yogi is considered to be firmly established in yoga when he regulates his mental activity via yoga practise and finds himself positioned in transcendence, free of all material wants.
Text 19: The transcendentalist, whose mind is under control, maintains constant steadiness in his meditation on the transcendent Self, just as a lamp in a windless region does not waver.
Texts 20–23: Through the practise of yoga, one can reach the state of perfection known as trance, or samadhi, when their mind is fully stilled from all material mental processes. The capacity to perceive oneself with the unclouded mind and to enjoy and revel in oneself are characteristics of this perfection. One is in a boundless state of transcendental bliss in that joyful condition, which is experienced through transcendental senses. With this foundation, one never strays from the truth, and once he has it, he believes there is no greater benefit. Being in this stance prevents one from being rattled, even while facing the most severe situation. This is, in fact, true liberation from all suffering brought on by interaction with things.
Text 24: One should do yoga with steadfastness and trust and should not stray from the path. One should give up all material cravings that are the result of mental speculation without exception in order to use the mind to regulate all of the senses.
Text 25: By using wisdom supported by complete conviction, one should gradually enter a trance. As a result, one’s attention should become fixated on the Self alone and should not consider anything else.
Text 26: One must unquestionably withdraw the mind from wherever it travels because of its flittering and erratic character and return it to the Self.
Text 27: The yogi who keeps his or her focus on Me will undoubtedly reach the pinnacle of spiritual pleasure. As a result of realising his qualitative identification with the Supreme and transcending the mode of desire, he is liberated from all responses to previous acts.
Text 28: Thus, the self-controlled yogi attains the ultimate state of perfect bliss in transcendental loving devotion to the Bhagwan while continuously practising yoga and being free from all material defilement.
Text 29: A genuine yogi sees Me in all beings and likewise recognises each being in Me. The self-realized individual does, in fact, perceive Me as the same Supreme Bhagwan everywhere.
Text 30: I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me, for one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me.
Text 31: Such a yogi, understanding that I and the Supersoul are One, engages in the worshipful service of the Supersoul and stays with Me at all times.
Text 32: O Arjuna, he is a consummate yogi who recognises the fundamental equality of all beings in both their enjoyment and their suffering.
Text 33: Arjuna responded, “O Madhusudana, the yoga method that You have outlined seems impractical and intolerable to me since the mind is restless and unstable.”
Text 34: O Krishna, the mind is restless, tumultuous, stubborn, and exceedingly strong; I believe it is harder to tame than the wind.
Text 35: Bhagwan Krishna answered, “It is surely exceedingly difficult to regulate the restless mind, yet it is achievable through appropriate practise and by detachment.” O mighty-armed son of Kunti.
Text 36: Self-realization is arduous task for one whose intellect is unfettered. However, success is certain for everyone whose mind is under control and who works hard using the right methods. That is what I think.
Text 37: Arjuna questioned, “O Krishna, what is the fate of the failed transcendentalist who, having begun the path of self-realization with faith, subsequently gives up because of worldliness and fails to reach the pinnacle of mysticism?”
Text 38: O mighty-armed Krishna, does not a man who becomes confused on the path of transcendence slip away from both spiritual and temporal prosperity and die like a riven cloud, having no place in either sphere?
Text 39: This is my scepticism, O Krishna, and I beg You to fully eradicate it. There is no one who can dispel this uncertainty, but You can.
Text 40: The Supreme Personality of Godhead remarked, “My friend, a transcendentalist engaged in good deeds does not meet with destruction either in this world or in the spiritual realm; one who performs good is never conquered by evil.”
Text 41: The failed yogi is born into a household of upright people or wealthy aristocrats after spending a very long time enjoying himself on the planets of the pious living creatures.
Text 42: Alternatively, [if unsuccessful after extensive yoga practise] he chooses to be born into a transcendentalist family, who are unquestionably wise people. Undoubtedly, such births are uncommon in this planet.
Text 43: O son of Kuru, upon assuming such a birth, he awakens the divine knowledge of his former existence and attempts to advance once again in order to reach total achievement.
Text 44: Even without actively pursuing them, he is drawn to the yogic principles because of the divine consciousness of his former incarnation. Such a perceptive transcendentalist constantly places ritualistic Vedic principles above their own will.
Text 45: The yogi achieves the greatest aim when he puts in serious effort to make further advancements, purge himself of all impurities, and finally, achieve perfection after many, many births of practise.
Text 46 says that a yogi is superior to an ascetic, an empiricist, and a productive worker. As a result, O Arjuna, do yoga constantly.
And of all yogis, the one with great faith who consistently abides in Me, thinks of Me inside of himself, and does transcendental loving service to Me — he is the most closely joined with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is what I think.
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