2.54 sthita-prajñasya kā bhāṣā (Original)

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Chapter 2

<< Chapter 2 verse 53


arjuna uvāca
sthita-prajñasya kā bhāṣā
samādhi-sthasya keśava
sthita-dhīḥ kiṁ prabhāṣeta
kim āsīta vrajeta kim

‘What is the nature, Keśava1!, of the mind-fixt man’s concentrated consciousness? What doth the will-concentrated talk? How doth he sit? How doth he move?2

What is the name of, or what defines, the sthita-prajñaḥ (or Adept in Spiritual Science)3? This means: what are the characteristics of him, who has gathered himself up in his mind? What does he speak, and what does he do?

Śri Bhagavān (Lord Kṛishṇa) answers:

>> Chapter 2 verse 55

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  1. The 23rd and 654th name of God. The etymology is given thus in Harivamśa: “Ka iti Brahmaṇo nā-maiśoham sarva-dehinām, āvāntavānge sambhūtau, tasmāt Keśava nāmavān.
  2. Talk is ‘word’, sit is (to sit for) ‘thought’, move is ‘deed’.
  3. Will-concentration is ripened wisdom; this is a spiritual illumination of the mind which sets in before ātmā is realised. It may be called intuition.

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