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An Awareness Exercise from the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita, describes an exercise of awareness of the senses as a way to finding inner peace and wisdom in daily life.

The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu text from c. the fifth to second century BC, describes an exercise of awareness of the senses as a way to finding inner peace and wisdom in daily life. In the text, Krishna explains the awareness exercise as follows:

When a man dwells on the pleasures of sense, attraction of them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.

From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.

But the soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony, free from attraction and aversion, finds rest in quietness.

In this quietness falls down the burden of all her sorrows, for when the heart has found quietness, wisdom has also found peace.

~ Juan Mascaro (translator), The Bhagavad Gita, (The Penguin Group: first published 1962, reprinted 2003). Chapter 2, Verses 62-65.

7 Comments

  • Thank you ,that is a very good passage to reflect upon and it takes a while to really understand its reality..Regards Carmel

  • I had to sit with what I read from this passage as it didn’t make sense from the head…!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • What a fantastic text!
    Isn’t it funny how the worlds’ bookstores are filled with words that people flock toward, but it only takes a few phrases, freely given, that not only describe humanities problems, but also what to do about it!?

    Thanks for sharing!

    (Also thanks Geraldine for that link to a copy of the Bhagavad Gita)

  • You have included a lovely passage from the Gita in the chapter on the meaning of the summer solstice in the Path of the Spiritual Sun.
    “Now I will tell thee, O Arjuna, of the times which, if the mystics go forth, they do not return, and at which they go forth only to return. If knowing the Supreme Spirit the sage goes forth with fire and light, in the daytime, in the fortnight of the waxing moon and in the six months before the Northern summer solstice, he will attain the Supreme. But if he departs in gloom, at night, during the fortnight of the waning moon and in the six months before the Southern solstice [winter solstice], then he reaches but lunar light and he will be born again. These bright and dark paths out of the world have always existed. Whoso takes the former, returns not; he who chooses the latter, returns. The sage who knows this passes beyond all merit that comes from the study of the scriptures, from sacrifice, from austerities and charity, and reaches the Supreme Primeval Abode.
    ~ Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita

    Please can you tell me where this is in the Gita (chapter, verses) and also from which translation. Namaste’

    • Hi Helen,

      At the end of the book, there is a complete reference to all the quotes from the book (by chapter and order of appearance). I am not sure if this quote is from this chapter though, but I believe it comes from this available translation:

      http://www.holybooks.com/bhagavad-gita-three-modern-translations/

      where you can access the free downloadable pdf of The Bhagavad Gita, and the whole quote can be found at the end of Chapter 8, titled Life Everlasting.

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