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Discipline In Lifestyle & Discipline of Mind Are Essential to Achieve Spiritual Goal
नास्ति बुद्धिरयुक्तस्य न चायुक्तस्य भावना |
न चाभावयत: शान्तिरशान्तस्य कुत: सुखम् || 2.66||
nāsti buddhir-ayuktasya na chāyuktasya bhāvanā
na chābhāvayataḥ śhāntir aśhāntasya kutaḥ sukham|| 2.66||
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 66:
An undisciplined individual, on the other hand, who has not learned to control his or her thoughts and senses, cannot have a strong intellect or a steady contemplation of God. There is no peace for someone who never links his mind with God, and how can someone who lacks peace be happy?
The more serenity, a person experiences when his goal is the divine itself (highest). When you set a goal, you tend to focus all of your efforts on achieving it. This practice relaxes the mind and allows it to be more introspective. This is accomplished by continually thinking about the goal (divine consciousness), reflecting on it, establishing an action plan, and organizing all activities to attain it with devotion. Integration of the mind and intellect is required for the attainment of any goal, particularly the spiritual goal. Saturation of thinking is the result of a combination of intellectual attention and devotion.
A person who does not know how to train his or her mind and senses will not be able to meditate on God or feel his or her divine peace. If the mind and senses are continually wandering, our psyche is unsettled. The intellect will never be able to focus if the mind is agitated. If the mind is agitated, it is impossible to hold on to a single thought or to meditate. Without the higher taste, it becomes impossible to reject the lower taste, and such a person keeps craving for worldly happiness getting deviated from the spiritual path.
Verse & what we can learn
To achieve any goal in life let it be material or spiritual one need to be disciplined.
Discipline at the physical level and mental level helps one to achieve the highest goals.
The only way to discipline the mind is to meditate daily. Because when you are meditating your focus is on one thing and by daily practicing that your mind stops wandering and learns to be steady and focused on one thing. And with a focused mind, you can achieve any goal let it be material or spiritual.
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, Shri Krishna explains to Arjuna the great power that senses have.
Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…