In the last sloka discussed, Arjuna asked about the characteristics of a man of steady wisdom (Sthitaprajna). Before entering into details, following is an overview which of those will be discussed in the coming slokas.
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Sri Bhagawan Uvacha
PRAJAHATI YADA KAMAAN SARVAAN PARTHA MANOGATAAN
ATMANY EVATMANA TUSHTAHA STHITAPRAJNAS TADOCHYATE
The Lord said:
When a man renounces completely all the desires of the mind, when he is fully satisfied with his mind fixed in Atman, O Partha, he is then declared to be a Sthitaprajna.
DUKHESHV ANUDVIGNA MANAHA SUKHESHU VIGATA SPRUHAHA
VEETARAGA BHAYA KRODHAHA STHIDADEEHI MUNIRUCHYATE
He whose mind is not troubled by sorrow, who does not go after pleasures, who is free from attachment, fear and hatred is called a sage of steady wisdom.
YAHA SARVATRANABHISNEHAS TAT TAT PRAPYA SHUBHASHUBHAM
NABHINANDATI NA DWESHTI TASYA PRAJNA PRATISHTITA.
He who has no attachment to anything and anywhere, who does not rejoice or hate, his wisdom is fixed.
YADA SAMHARATE CHAYAM KOORMONGANEEVA SARVASHAHA
INDRIYANEENDRIYARTHEBHYAS TASYA PRAJNA PRATISHTITA:
When the yogi, like the tortoise drawing back its limbs into its own shell, withdraws all the senses from the sense objects, his wisdom is fixed. He is a Sthitaprajna.
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