5.21 bāhya-sparśeṣv asaktātmā (Original)

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bāhya-sparśeṣv asaktātmā
vindaty ātmani yat sukham
sa brahma-yoga-yuktātmā
sukham akṣayam aśnute

‘With mind unattached to external contacts (sense-delights), whoso feels delight in ātma (itself), joins himself in mind, to brahma-yoga, and tastes eternal bliss.’

Thus, in the way described, whoso desists from clinging to pleasures from objects other than ātma, and begins to derive pleasure from the internal ātma, alone gives up his pursuit after physical delights, and unites his mind to brahmayoga, (brahm-ābhyāsa=repeated contemplation of ātma). And he obtains the imperishable bliss of brahma-enjoyment.

That material (or sense-) joy is easily abāndonable, is now shown:

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