Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 14: Guṇa Traya Vibhāga Yogam, Verse 12:

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Sadhana Is To Fight Against The Mind’s Flow Of The Three Gunas And Push It To Sustain Devotional Feelings Toward God And Guru

लोभ: प्रवृत्तिरारम्भ: कर्मणामशम: स्पृहा |
रजस्येतानि जायन्ते विवृद्धे भरतर्षभ || 14.12||

lobhaḥ pravṛittir ārambhaḥ karmaṇām aśhamaḥ spṛihā
rajasy etāni jāyante vivṛiddhe bharatarṣhabha|| 14.12||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 13- Ver. 12:

Greed, activity, action, restlessness, and want are all words that come to mind When rajas is in power especially o foremost among the Bharataas.


Even our attitudes toward God and the spiritual path are influenced by Trigunas mode. It is entirely natural for the mind to vary as a result of the three gunas. However, we ought not be discouraged by this condition of affairs; rather, we must comprehend why it occurs and endeavour to overcome it.

Sadhana is to fight against the mind’s flow of the three gunas and push it to sustain devotional feelings toward God and Guru. There would be no need for sadhana if our consciousness maintained at its maximum level throughout the day.

Though the mind’s natural inclinations are toward the world, we must compel it into the spiritual realm with the intellect. This may appear tough at first, but with repetition, it will become second nature.

Verse & what we can learn

Shri Krishna addressed Arjuna as “bharatarshabha,” the Bharata dynasty’s foremost scion, and listed the characteristics of a person under the influence of rajas. He claims that whenever our mind develops ideas of greed, selfish activity, action, unrest or unease, and longing for even insignificant things, we are under the control of rajas. In fact, during the waking hours of the day, we regard this to be our natural state of consciousness.

It’s difficult to tell if our activities are motivated by self-interest or not. The subtle difference between sattvic and rajasic activities can only be recognized by a pure mind that has been cleansed of selfishness via karma yoga with the help of a teacher. Karma yoga helps us to assess our qualifications and proclivity in order to choose a suitable profession.

According to Shri Krishna, we should be on the lookout for signals that rajas has risen over the baseline level, and that selfishness has crept into our acts.

To acquire knowledge and to implement that knowledge in life one needs to be mentally and physically active and healthy and for that daily meditation is a great tool.

There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There is also numerous meditation techniques for beginners which help in practicing daily meditation so go ahead and start your journey towards a peaceful and balanced life.

In the next shloka Shri Krishna talks about Tamasik Guna.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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