Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 41

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Having a Goal Helps Us Keep Focused and Progressive in Life

व्यवसायात्मिका बुद्धिरेकेह कुरुनन्दन |
बहुशाखा ह्यनन्ताश्च बुद्धयोऽव्यवसायिनाम् || 2.41||

vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-śhākhā hyanantāśh cha buddhayo ’vyavasāyinām || 2.41||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 41:

The determined persons’ thoughts are focused, and their objective is one-pointed, O descendant of the Kurus. but The thoughts of people who are indecisive on the other hand, are scattered.


Attachment is a mental function. It shows up as the mind returning to the object of its attachment, which could be people, sensuous things, prestige, bodily comfort, situations, and so on. If thoughts of a particular person or item constantly enter the mind, this could indicate that the mind is attached to that person or object.

The subtle antah kara, commonly referred to as the heart, is located within our bodies. It is made up of the mind, intellect, and ego. The intellect is superior to the mind e. It makes decisions, whereas the mind produces desires and becomes devoted to the object of attachment that the intellect has chosen.

Throughout the day, we use our intellect to control our minds. As human beings, our intellect has the potential to regulate our minds. As a result, we must instil suitable knowledge in the intellect and use it to drive the mind in the right way. Buddhi yoga is the practise of separating the mind from the fruits of one’s actions by cultivating a firm conviction in one’s intellect that all work is done as an offering to God.

A person of resolute intelligence who cultivates single-minded attention on the objective and travels the path like an arrow released from a bow. In the later phases of sadhana, this resolve grows so powerful that nothing can stop the sadhak from following the path. Those with a cross intellect, on the other hand, find their minds running in several directions. They are unable to cultivate the mental attention required to walk the path to God.

The intellect in Karma Yoga sets a higher aim and leads all acts toward it. The intellect’s character is steady, unwavering, and focused. The mind is shaky, rash, and filled with endless cravings. One desire leads to plenty of others, and you’ll never be satisfied.

When you don’t have a purpose, you choose a work that is guided by your wandering mind’s whims and fancies. You accomplish very little and are always miserable. Don’t give in to your sadness. Following your intellect will bring you delight.

You have the ability to choose your actions as a human being. Make intelligent decisions, guided by your intellect. Instant pleasure deceives the mind. What brings joy at first, brings grief at the end, and vice versa. This is a problem that only the intellect can solve. It chooses to be happy for a long time. Otherwise, you’ll forego a lifetime of enjoyment in exchange for the joy of the present.

Verse & what we can learn

A person who has an aim, a goal or a mission in life stays focused and keeps working & progressing, whereas a person without any aim or goal keeps changing the paths and wastes his valuable time and energy.

Concentration and staying focused on one goal is the first benefit of daily meditation. There are various types of meditation like Buddhist meditation, heartfulness meditation, mindfulness meditation, meditation for stress, and each meditation benefits are countless. There are 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 verse, Lord Shri Krishna continues to tell Arjuna the results of Karmas, their results and what one who desiring liberation should do.

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

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