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Practice of Restraint:
Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 6
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Continued from "Art of Renunciation": Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 5 

This chapter of 47 slokas, known as aatma samyama yoga, Self Restraint, deals with all aspects of self-control needed for renunciation in action. Here Arjuna’s queries as to what would be the fate of man, were he to fail midway, in his efforts at self- control (s37). Even if it were the case, assures the Lord, still one wouldn't come to grief here or hereafter (s40). What is more, after being born many times over, eventually he  attains moksha (s45). Further in s46, the Lord asserts that such a man is superior to the ritualistic character, and concludes in s47 that he remains His most blessed devotee.
 
Seen in this background, s 41 and s42 are clearly interpolations not only for affecting the continuity of the text but also for what they contain. S41 would have it that those who perform the asvamedha (ritualistic horse sacrifice) would reach heaven to be born again rich. Likewise s 42 would have us that, or such would be born in  learned homes. It would seem that s46-s47 are digressions, but in effect they carry forward the Lord’s discourse from s32, at which point Arjuna interrupted Him with his queries. 
 
S10-s17 deal with aspects of ascetic practice and do seem to be interpolations, even going by what is stated in the very opening verse, besides breaking the continuity in the proposition.


Thus spoke the Lord:
Forego none if forsake chores
Eye not gain ’n thou be freed.


If thou let go its godly
Makes that hard thy self-interest.  

3
Uphill though the way forsake
As ’n when thou make it there
Stay thus put with no more strain.


Reining senses sans motive 
Wise on selfless deeds focus.


Noble or naughty it’s thy make
Self thus thine but shapes thyself.

6
Mind if reined, it’s thy friend
Foe it turns, let when loose.


Overcome if vicissitudes 
Vibe thee well with Me Supreme.


Valuable or be otherwise
Treat all alike self-realized
Thus they remain ever even.


Wise is one, folks who treats 
None the fear ’n sans favour.

18 
With no longing freed of want
It’s then thou reach yogic state.

19 
Rooted in self yogi true
Lamp he likens in still air.  

20 
Restrain mind in self-focus  
Beatitude of life that makes

21 
Transcends senses if thy mind
It’s then thou reach state of bliss.

22 
Rooted so on peak of bliss 
Wise not bother lows of life.  

23 
So to live in yogic state
Untie wise from life's bothers. 

24   
Wise keep tabs on self-impulse
Affects to without are they immune.

25        
Wed wise focus with calm mind
Makes that life of theirs tranquil.

26
Pulled by wants as trips the mind  
Gain ground wise by self-leverage.

27 
Passions languid, mind tranquil
Keep man ever on blissful course.

28
Mind that's pure with self-control
Leads that man to State Brahman.

29
Espy wise in right outlook 
Others in self ’n vice versa.

30 
Discern Me in what they see
Ever they find Me nearby them.

31 
Me who sees in all beings
He’s the one that dwells in Me.

32 
He’s the yogi self-feels who
Joys of others ’n grief as well.

33 
Thus spoke Arjuna:
Frail being man, fail I see
Yoga Thou espouse, lasting in practice.

34 
Can one ever tame his mind
Like the wind that yields to none?

35 
Thus spoke the Lord:
Calm ’n custom bring in ropes
Tough ask though to subdue mind. 

36    
Fail keep going unruly 
Persevere self-willed all the way.

37
Thus spoke Arjuna:
What if one
Throws up all
Lacks who zeal
Hath though faith?

38 
Resolve if dissolves in mid-course
Won’t that be like scattered clouds?

39 
Kindly dispel all my doubts 
Think I none of else for that.

40 
Thus spoke the Lord:
Strives if one to enrich self
Ends not in grief here or there.

43 
Harnessed habit, of births past
Helps man strive to self-realize.

44
With the reason thus imbibed
Realized outwit scholars there.

45 
Awareness of births of yore
Helps the striving gain moksha.

46 
Ahead in protocol comes yogi 
Learned, ascetics, as all sticklers for rituals.

47 
He’s the yogi of yogis
Self-inner who fills with Me.

Ends thus:
Practice of Restraint,
The Sixth Chapter 
Of Bhagavad-Gita,
Treatise of self-help.

Continued to "Know The Spirit": Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 7 
 

6-Aug-2011
More by :  BS Murthy
 
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