6.35 asamSayam mahAbAhO

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Chapter 6

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SlOkam – Original

SrI bhagavAn uvAcha
asamSayam mahAbAhO manO dhurnigraham chalam |
abhyAsEna thu kaunthEya vairAgyEṇa cha gruhyathE ||

word-by-word meaning

SrI bhagavAn uvAcha- Shri bhagavan said;
mahAbAhO – Oh mighty armed!
kaunthEya – Oh son of kunthI!
chalam mana – wavering mind
dhurnigraham – is difficult to control
asamSayam – there is no doubt;
thu – still
abhyAsEna – by practicing (in AthmaguNams – focussing on AthmA)
vairAgyENa – developing aversion (in worldly matters by showing their defects)
gruhyathE – is controlled (to some extent).

Simple Translation

krishNa responds:

Oh mighty armed! Oh son of kunthI! There is no doubt that it is difficult to control a wavering mind; still, by practicing (in AthmaguNams – focussing on AthmA) and developing aversion (in worldly matters by showing their defects), it is controlled (to some extent).

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

Śrī Bhagavān (Lord Kṛishṇa) responds:—

‘Doubtless, O mighty armed! the roving mind is difficult to subdue; but by industry[1. Abhyāsa = Exercise or effort or exertion or the Practice of Meditation as laid down in verses 10 ff.] and dispassion[2. Vairāgya = freedom from passions, contempt for life, dispassion, unworldliness, asceticism, non-attachment.], Kaunteya! it is governable[3. Cp. Pātanjala Yoga-Sūtra I-12. ‘Abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tan-niro-dhaḥ’ also Cp. Bh. Gita. VIII-8 and XII-9. Vide also Annie Besant’s ‘Path of Discipleship’, pp: 50-53.].’

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