Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Sloka 66, part 2

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Sloka 66

NAASTI BUDDHIR AYUKTASYA NA CHAYUKTASYA BHAVANA
NA CHABHAVAYATAHA SHANTIR ASHANTASYA KUTAHA SUKHAM

To the unsteady mind there is no knowledge of the Self. To the unsteady mind there is no meditation. To the unmeditative no peace and to the man without peace, how can there be happiness?

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Meditating on the world of objects does not bless us with “Positive Peace”. The peace experienced is only momentary.

Even for success in the material life, to get the final end result of success, there has to be a long period of education both theoretical and practical. There also, the student has to learn to curb his desires brought in by the senses during the period of study. He needs a steady mind to get the knowledge in the specialty chosen.

To an unsteady mind, (for a student) there is no gain of knowledge towards the specialty of his choice.

Constantly meditating on the subject to study is pre-requisite for success. The mind can either be towards the world of senses or towards the subject. It cannot be in two places at any one time.

The same rule has to be applied towards the spiritual study for the seeker. His mind has to be in constant meditation towards the atman within which is a treasure house of “Ananda.”

To summarise the same:

Sadhana: effort in life towards fulfilling the objectives both short term and long term.
Long term objective: experience of everlasting happiness – “Peace”.
Positive Peace is a state of experience of everlasting peace.
To get the Peace need to gain the knowledge of the Atman.
To gain the knowledge of the Atman, need to meditate on the same.
Without meditation and determination, concentration is not possible.
Success in meditation is “Yuktaha”
Failure to concentrate is “Ayuktaha.”
Success is possible by developing “sadbhavana” on the Atman.
At the same time, should not dwell on happiness from the objects around.
Control of the wandering mind from multiple objects around to one single “Atman” is the only means.

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