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THE PHILOSOPHY OF DISCRIMINATION
Krishna to Arjuna:
O Arjuna! The mind of him, who is trying to conquer it, is forcibly carried away in spite of
his efforts, by his tumultuous senses.
Restraining them all, let him meditate steadfastly on Me; for who thus conquers his senses achieves perfection.
When a man dwells on the objects of sense, he creates an attraction for them; attraction
develops into desire, and desire breeds anger.
Anger induces delusion; delusion, loss of memory; through loss of memory, reason is
shattered; and loss of reason leads to destruction.
But the self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace.
Having attained Peace, he becomes free from misery; for when the mind gains peace, right
Right discrimination is not for him who cannot concentrate. Without concentration, there
cannot be meditation; he who cannot Meditate must not expect peace; and without peace, how can anyone expect happiness?
As a ship at sea is tossed by the tempest, so the reason is carried away by the mind when
preyed upon by straying senses.
Therefore, O Might-in-Arms, he who keeps his senses detached from their objects – take it that his reason is purified.
The saint is awake when the world sleeps, and he ignores that for which the world lives.
He attains Peace, into whom desires flow as rivers into the ocean, which though brimming
with water remains ever the same; not he whom desire carries away.
He attains Peace who, giving up desire, moves through the world without aspiration,
possessing nothing which he can call his own, and free from pride.
O Arjuna! This is the state of the Self, the Supreme Spirit, to which if a man once attain, it shall never be taken from him.
Even at the time of leaving the body, he will remain firmly enthroned there, and will become one with the Eternal.”
From Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2