Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: The True Yoga (Chapter 6)
by Jurre Twijnstra
Chapter 6, Verse 34-53
Arjuna asks Krishna:
“O Krishna the mind is flickering unstable, strong and stubborn. I think it is as difficult as to control the wind.” Krishna explains to Arjuna: “Without doubt Arjuna, the mind is difficult to curb and is restless but it can be controlled by constant practice and non-attachment.”
Reading in the Bhagavad Gita brings me back into moments and places in India every time. Since 2007, Jurre has been visiting India, teachers, training, studies, Gurus, and experiences across. India, where The Gita is been lived. Indian culture has small moments and values are often created based on the understanding of the Bhagavad Gita; the coconut man being happy and no other longings than chopping coconuts and serving them to the people.
Where the previous chapters are closed here with renouncing the desire and lust created longings to come to the Self, the chapter continues with disciplined action to have the working mind as a friend and not as an enemy. Only then we can bring the mind in the Self to Bliss.
This chapter shares the qualities of the yogi mind, teachings, explanation of techniques, and even meditation space is being described. He, the yogi who is satisfied with wisdom and knowledge, masters the senses as a clod, a stone and a piece of gold, all are the same to him. Equal minded to all friends, companions, saints, and sinners.
To me, the verses 11-17 are remarkable explanations of space, techniques, and moderation to have yoga rising in our lives. As a clean space, a firm seat, not too high nor too low, covered with sacred grass, a deerskin and a clod, one over the other. So I think we have to give some attention to the place we practice in. Taking place on the seat, making the mind one-pointed and controlling his thought and sense, let him practice yoga for the purification of the soul. The body, head, and neck, erect and still, looking fixed at the tip of the nose (nasagrai dristi), without looking around. Moderation is been taught on food, as well as on sleep, a disciplined mind destroys all sorrow.
With determent practice of concentration to have the thoughts at rest and find supreme delight, perceived by the intelligence and beyond the reach of the senses; he will then no longer fall away from the truth. However, the mind will wander away but we can bring it back to the control of the Self. We would gain by controlling and fixing the mind on the Self. When the mind is peaceful, the passions at rest, then the supreme happiness will come to the yogin.
The mind is as difficult as the wind to control. What will happen to the ones who keep falling to attain perfection in yoga? At least with our effort of righteous living, we will be reborn in a house of pure and prosperous or a house of yogins full of wisdom.
Live in Bhakti, Devotion into this Oneness.
To the Force of the One is All within You.
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The breath is magic to Jurre. “The breath takes me to places in the body that feel like inner in outer space." His Astanga classes are focused on moving with the breath, being the breath, and using it to find space and peace.