Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 48

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To Evolve Above Dualities & Attachment One Should Always be in Divine Consciousness

योगस्थ: कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय |
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्यो: समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते || 2.48||

yoga-sthaḥ kuru karmāṇi saṅgaṁ tyaktvā dhanañjaya
siddhy-asiddhyoḥ samo bhūtvā samatvaṁ yoga uchyate|| 2.48||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 48:

O Dhananjaya, take action as prescribed by yoga and let go of attachment. Maintain a healthy balance between achievement and failure. Equanimity is the definition of yoga.


This Shloka expands on Karma yoga’s message by instructing us to begin letting go of our attachments to material objects. He wants us to let go of our desire for the results of our deeds, and the only way to accomplish that is to let go of our attachments to the physical world.

Shree Krishna refers to the equanimity that allows us to accept all circumstances with calmness as Yoga, or connection with the Supreme. This equilibrium is the result of putting the preceding verse’s information into practice. When we realize that the effort, not the outcome, is in our hands, we are just concerned with completing our job.

We dedicate the results to God since they are for his joy. Now, if the results do not meet our expectations, we accept them quietly as God’s will. In this way, we can accept fame and infamy, success and failure, pleasure and pain as God’s will, and when we learn to embrace both equally, we develop the equanimity that Shri Krishna talks about.

The verse is a highly sensible answer to life’s challenges. It is natural to expect the waves of the ocean to shake the boat if we are sailing in the ocean in a boat. Our troubles would be infinite if we were disturbed every time the boat was rocked by a wave. And if we don’t expect the waves to appear, we might as well expect the ocean to change from its natural state.

Waves are an inextricable part of the ocean’s ecosystem. Similarly, as we go across life’s ocean, we encounter a variety of waves that are beyond our control. We will be unable to prevent unhappiness if we continue to struggle to eradicate unfavourable conditions. But if we can learn to accept whatever comes our way without renouncing our best efforts, we will have resigned to God’s plan, and that will be true Yoga.

Establish yourself as a yoga practitioner. Be steadfast once you’ve decided on a goal. Consistently pursue the goal. Don’t give up in the middle because of passing impulses. Yoga is derived from the root ‘Yuja,’ which means ‘to connect.’ Consistently pursue the aim of Realization.

Allow yourself to let go of old attachments. You become moody and unstable if you act on whims and fancies alone. When you separate yourself from the past and act on intellectual insight, you achieve evenness. Be able to handle both success and defeat. The future holds the key to success. Do not waste your energies pondering about the future while acting. Pay attention to every activity.

The mind is tranquil when you cut past stress and future tension. Apply your calm thoughts to the current situation. Do not become captivated by it. Do not be concerned about the outcome of the activity. Success will come naturally to you.

The mind becomes irritated as a result of both internal and external factors. You may be troubled by doubts and indecisions at times. People may discourage and deter you at other times. Do not Allow these disruptive influences to affect you as you concentrate on your ideal.

Verse & what we can learn

Performing actions without the expectations of the results increases efficiency and we give our best.

To achieve the state of non-expectation becomes easy once meditation is practised daily and by continuously staying in the state of higher consciousness.

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 says to Arjuna about different kinds of actions and what he should be doing.

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

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