Chapter VI Sloka 24
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tyaktv˜ sarv˜naþeÿata× |
viniyamya samantata× ( 6|24)||
Abandoning without reserve all desires born of
Sankalpa (thought and imagination) and completely restraining the whole group of
the senses by the mind from all sides......
The mind is so diplomatic that it keeps certain desires for its secret gratification. Therefore, you should completely abandon all desires without reservation.
Desire is born of imagination (Sankalpa). Therefore destroy the Sankalpa first. If the imagination is annihilated first then the desires will die by themselves.
Mark here! All the senses must be controlled
from all sides by the mind. Even if one sense is turbulent in one direction it
will distract the mind often and often. The senses will be absorbed in the mind
by the constant practice of abstraction (Pratyahara). Then the mind will not
think of the objects of sense-pleasure and will become perfectly calm.
That mind which is endowed with a strong discrimination and dispassion will be able to control the whole ground (or group) of the senses from their objects in all directions. Therefore cultivate strong Viveka or discrimination between the Real and the unreal and also Vairagya or total dispassion for sensual pleasures. (Cf. II. 62).