Apuryamanam acala-pratistham samudram apah pravisanti yadvat
Tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve sa santim apnoti na kama-kami //
Bhagavad Gita[BG 2.70]
A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enters like rivers flow into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
The above verse is so remarkable. Reflect upon it and you will know what I am talking about. In fact, chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita ,verse 54 to 72 describes the qualities of Sthita-pragnya.
Gita declares, a man who reached that state craves no more because he feels complete. He is now the ocean himself. Can you distinguish the river waters from the massive ocean once it enters?
Just like every drop in the river becomes the ocean itself, every part of him becomes GOD himself. There is no coming back from that state. Bliss and Peace are his as much as it is the Divines. There is no ‘HIM’ anymore. It is One.
That does not mean in any sense, you turn stone-hearted. The chattering inside you stops and you feel calmer. The mind of such a person takes the form of an Infinite Empty Space- where everything resides yet unaltered.
Gita states that in an enlightened being, the emotions flow but wouldn’t affect his state of mind. Unlike us, it comes naturally to him. There is no effort required and there is no return.
He accepts both good and bad with equanimity. In such a person how can there be sorrow? How can he be shaken up by any adversity or prosperity? A man of such steady wisdom would ever be free from fear, anger or attachment.
I sat ruminating on the nature of such existence. I have heard about it, read about it but haven’t experienced it yet. So, I cannot explain but can only state what Gita quotes. All this blogging is for that ultimate experience – to keep me focused and mindful of the path. Believe me, this is not a relentless pursuit but neither can I nor anyone create that experience. When the time is right, it will happen! All that can be created is a right state of mind through meditation.
Every effort we put forth here is to stay happy. However, experience teaches us that happiness is far-fetched. Or, at least it feels that way. I keep asking myself if it is really ‘Desire’ that brings melancholy? or Our attitude towards them breeds unrest? The answer always then points out to have a positive attitude and outlook towards life no matter what.
Once again the choice is ours. Either to stay depressed and turn into a stone whom everyone despises or break the walls of our false EGO and become one with that giant space. Be Mindful and Stay YOU 🙂