SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
prajahāti yadā kāmān
sarvān pārtha mano-gatān
ātmany evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ
Śri Bhagavān (Lord Kṛishṇa) answers:
‘Then is he called ‘sthita-prajñaḥ,’ Pārtha! when he shall have fully discarded all desires rooted in the heart, and when his mind shall have become solely Ātmā-satisfied.’1
Whereas, when the peculiar occupation (of the Adept) is described, his character becomes known, therefore that occupation is described. By his mind (ātmanā), being made to fully occupy itself with (thoughts of) ātmā (soul) alone, he is said to be ‘ātmā-satisfied.’ When with mind so occupied (or absorbed), other desires abiding therein are thoroughly banished, then is he called ‘sthita-prajñaḥ’ (will-concentrated or wisdom-ripe).
This is the ultimate stage (or climax) of wisdom-culture. (vide: Vaśīkāra-Saṃjñā, Ek-endriya-Saṃjñā, Vyatireka-Saṃjñā and Yatamāna-Saṃjñā noted in the foot notes of following verses.).
After this, the next lower stage -or intermediate stage- of the wisdom-culturer (or will-practicer) is defined:-
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