Gita 06.26 explained

Link to purport by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Transcript of Bhakti-Shastri class on this verse by Chaitanya

  • 10-32: From practice to perfection in yoga
    • 10-32 defines how one will achieve perfection when one is practicing yoga.
  • 24-32: Realization of Bhagavan


You may wander what does this mean by slowly mind just keep running here and there so what to do about it, this is covered in next verse:


Bg 6.26

yato yato niścalati
manaś cañcalam asthiram
tatas tato niyamyaitad
ātmany eva vaśaṁ nayet

Word for word: 

yataḥ yataḥ — wherever; niścalati — becomes verily agitated; manaḥ — the mind; cañcalam — flickering; asthiram — unsteady; tataḥ tataḥ — from there; niyamya — regulating; etat — this; ātmani — in the Self; eva — certainly; vaśam — control; nayet — must bring under.


From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the Self.


yato yato niścalati, where and whenever mind wanders, describers come is BG like Yada-Yada He Dharmasya…whenever and whereever. So similarly 

yato yato niścalati, where and whenever mind wanders, whenever means sometimes the mind wanders on the most inappropriate times, we are in the temple in mind wanders to sinful thoughts, sometimes may be in early hours which is very conducive for spiritual progress mind goes off, it doesn’t matter wherever and whenever mind wanders bring him back .

manaś cañcalam asthiram, this is the nature of the mind, so we can’t change nature of mind, material nature means it drags our consciousness down by default, only when we are internally very attracted towards Sri Krishna then when we see material things we start thinking of using it in the service of Sri Krishna but till then it is like gravity if I leave an object here it is going to fall , similarly mind is going to wander, it is its default nature, manaś cañcalam asthiram, we know it is going to happen like this, so what should we do, whenever and wherever it happens tatas tato niyamyaitad, niyamyaitad, regulate it, ātmany eva vaśaṁ nayet, bring it under the control of atma, that way if one act one will become purified, one will become steady, one will become advanced, ātmany eva vaśaṁ nayet. Srila Prabhupada talks about the go-dāsa and Goswami what is the difference between the two, Srila Prabhupada Purport:  One who controls the mind (and therefore the senses as well) is called gosvāmī, or svāmī, and one who is controlled by the mind is called go-dāsa, or the servant of the senses.

Srila Prabhupada is using the interesting terminology here actually both of them face the battle, but one wins the battle and one loses the battle, the person who wins the battle is GoSwami and person who loses the battle is GoDas, it is not a permanent and unchangeable designation, we ourselves are Godas not but if we keep practicing we can become GoSwami, and whole idea is changing our responses, we cannot change our stimuli too much, the work will keep on giving us providing stimuli but we change our responses. So there will be sexual stimuli for both Goswami and Godas, but difference is in responses, when temptation come Godas says YES and Goswami says NO, Godas says welcome I was waiting for you Goswami says get out, no place for you here, Gosad says later Goswami says nothing doing, sometimes Godas can also say later this is not proper time later when nobody is there we will enjoy so Godas intention is to enjoy now we see Srila Haridas Thakur also when the prostitute came to him at night what did he tell her? Later. But the difference was between him and the Godas at our stage when we say later our intention is to enjoy but we are just waiting for the right time, Srila Haridas Thakur has no intention to enjoy, He was saying later to simply purify her, so that when she will be purified she will also become a devotee.

End of transcription.

Author: Vallabhi

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