6.8 jñāna-vijñāna-tṛptātmā (Original)

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kūṭa-stho vijitendriyaḥ
yukta ity ucyate yogī

‘That (karma-)yogi is fit for yoga (yuktaḥ), whose mind is content with knowledge and higher knowledge; who is constant; who hath conquered the senses; and who looketh equally on a clod, a stone and on gold.[1. Cp, Bh: Gi: XIV-24.]’

Jñāna is knowledge or wisdom concerning the nature of ātma. Vijñāna is higher knowledge concerning ātma as contrasted with (the nature of) matter.

Tṛipt-ātmā: is he whose sole contentment abides in these two kinds of knowledge.

Kūtasthaḥ = He who is constant, or who remains perpetually unchanging amidst the ever varying phenomenal conditions such as the conditioned form-existences as the being the devas, etc. (He who contemplates on such stable nature of ātma is kūtasthaḥ). Hence he is, vijiten-driyaḥ, or he who has brought the senses under complete subjugation.

Sama-losht-āśma-kāñchanaḥ=He to whom, a clod (of earth), (a piece of) stone, or (a bit of) gold are all of equal value, for when once ātma has been realised in its distinctive nature from matter, all material objects cease to have for him any pleasure-giving importance.

That karma-yogi, to whom all material objects, clod, stone, gold etc., are of equal worth, is said to be yuktaḥ, meaning that he is fit to practise meditation leading to ātma-vision.


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