Chapter 2 Verses 69-70. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on September 20, 2019. -The central topics of the second chapter recapitulated -Spiritual light and spiritual darkness in our life -Reference to `Hitopadesha’ on the vagaries of life, recipe for disaster in life -यौवनं धनसम्पत्तिः प्रभुत्वमविवेकिता एकैकमप्यनर्थाय किमु यत्र चतुष्टयं -A person who possesses youth, wealth, power of authority, and no discerning wisdom or a sense of proper judgment is heading for disaster. Each one of these is enough for leading him to catastrophe in life. Then, what to speak of his fate when all these are present in him without the power of judgment! -The 69th verse shows us the mutually conflicting paths of the enlightened ascetic and the sensual man. -The enlightened yogi is dead to the world of sensual enjoyments and lives in the constant awareness of Brahman. But worldly-minded people are dead to the world of spiritual reality and are awakened only to the world of senses. -The ocean does not invite nor reject the waters of rivers pouring into it. -The mind of a स्थितप्रज्ञ: is like a calm undisturbed motionless ocean. -If you are like a small pond, then even a tiny stream can cause floods. But an enlightened man is like an ocean remaining undisturbed even when hundreds empty their waters into it every moment. He remains unperturbed in the midst of the problems and challenges of the world. -Reference to the views of Madhva and Shankaracharya. -Expansion and gradual sublimation of ego towards its universal dimension -The eternal pursuit of happiness and the consequent condition of human life -Evolution from the lower desires to higher desires at the beginning of one’s spiritual life. -The unpredictability of human life -The smallest of desires can be a big obstacle in the path to inner peace. -Life minus desire is not life minus action -The dawn of peace at the end of all desires -Stability and motionlessness of mind do not indicate emotional insensitivity and lethargy. They imply a higher state of mind. -The transcendental experience of peace is a natural spontaneous effortless state of mental equilibrium. It heals the mind, body, and intellect. -According to the ancient Indian medical scientist, Sushruta [“प्रसन्नत्मेन्द्रिय मनः स्वस्थ इत्यभिदेयते” (Sushruta Sutra)]
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