In this post, Slokas From Gita (Nos.58-60)(Ch.2), the text of Bhagavat Gita narrated. Slokas From Gita (Nos.58-60)(Ch.2) consists of the 55th, 56th, and 57th Slokas of CH.2. Observing the Army on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra from the Gita.
yada samharate cayam
kurmo ‘nganiva sarvasah
tasya prajna pratisthita
He can be called knowledgeable who can distance his sense from the sense object as a tortoise draw back its legs within its shell.
The test of a yogi, devotee, or self-realized soul is that he’s capable of managing the senses consistent with his plan. People are sense-driven as they are controlled by sense. That is the answer to the query as to how the yogi is situated.
The senses are like venomous snakes. The yogi, or the devotee, ought to be very sturdy to manipulate the serpents—like a snake charmer. He is in no way permitting them to behave independently. There are many injunctions in the revealed scriptures; a number of them are do-not, and a number of them are do’s.
Unless one is capable of complying with the do’s and the do-not’s, limiting oneself from a sense of enjoyment, it isn’t feasible to be firmly fixed in Krsna consciousness. It can be comparable to the tortoise. The tortoise is very alert to any possible danger and takes its legs inside its shell to protect them.
Similarly, the senses of the Krsna conscious people are used only for a few particular reasons in the service of the Lord and are withdrawn otherwise. Keeping the senses continually in the service of the Lord is the example set by the analogy of the tortoise, who maintains the senses within.
rasa-varjam raso ‘py asya
param drstva nivartate
Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But he who avoids the taste of sense to experience a better taste can be called an achiever of consciousness.
Unless one is transcendentally situated, it isn’t possible to stop from sense enjoyment. The system of restriction from sense entertainment by regulations and guidelines is some thing like limiting a diseased individual from certain varieties of eatables. The patient, however, neither likes such regulations nor loses his taste for eatables.
Similarly, sense restricts by a few religious methods like astanga-yoga, in the matter of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, etc., is usually recommended for much less intelligent people who’ve no better knowledge. But one that has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krsna, in the route of his development in Krsna consciousness, no longer has a taste for useless material things.
Therefore, regulations are there for the much less intelligent neophytes in the religious development of life, however, such regulations are only good if one virtually has a taste for Krsna consciousness. When one is virtually Krsna conscious, he automatically loses his taste for pale things.
yatato hy api kaunteya
haranti prasabham manah
Even if anyone tries to control his sense, sense overpowers them sometimes to drive him in the wrong direction.
There are many learned sages, philosophers, and transcendentalists who attempt to triumph over the senses, however, notwithstanding their endeavors, even the best of them sometimes fall victim to material sense entertainment because of their agitated mental condition. Even Visvamitra, a first-rate sage, and perfect yogi turned misled by Menaka into sex entertainment, even though the yogi was endeavoring for sense management with severe types of penance and yoga engagement. And, of course, there are such a lot of comparable instances in the records of the world.
Without engaging the thoughts in Krsna, one cannot give up such material engagements.
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