Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Sankhya Yogam: Chapter 2: Verse 70

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To Remain Undisturbed in Every Situation One Has to Establish Himself in Divine Consciousness

समुद्रमाप: प्रविशन्ति यद्वत् |
तद्वत्कामा यं प्रविशन्ति सर्वे
स शान्तिमाप्नोति न कामकामी || 2.70||

āpūryamāṇam achala-pratiṣhṭhaṁ
samudram āpaḥ praviśhanti yadvat
tadvat kāmā yaṁ praviśhanti sarve
sa śhāntim āpnoti na kāma-kāmī|| 2.70||

Shloka Translation
BG – Ch. 2- Ver. 70:

The sage who is unaffected despite the flow of desired goods all around him achieves calm, not the one who attempts to satisfy cravings, just as the ocean remains undisturbed by the continual flow of waters from rivers merging into it.


The knowledgeable one, free of name and form, attains the effulgent Purusha, just as rivers flowing into the ocean lose their names and forms. He uses an analogy of rivers flowing into the sea. Each river is special and unique in its own way. Rivers have various chemical and mineral compositions, but as they approach the ocean, they lose their individual properties and blend with the whole.

Despite the constant flow of rivers into it, the ocean is exceptional in its capacity to maintain its undisturbed state. All of the world’s rivers continually empty into the oceans, which never overflow or get depleted. Even rivers pouring all of their water into the ocean during the rainy season are unable to make it flood over. Similarly, the realised sage stays calm and undisturbed in both situations whether he or she is using sense objects for bodily needs or not.

A huge, deep ocean with numerous streams of water entering it Regardless of how many streams reach the ocean, or how gently or vigorously they do so, the ocean stays peaceful and undisturbed. A person of solid intelligence, on the other hand, is unaffected by any number of material items or wants that he encounters. They will not be able to sway him from his calm.

Verse & what we can learn

A person who is able find tranquility in himself remains undisturbed by anything.

Just as a river/water body loses its identity when it merges into the sea. Name, form and individual identity disappear when we are one with the divine.

To find tranquility living in the world and doing our duties is possible but when we turn our attention inwards and practice 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, Shri Krishna explains to Arjuna how one can attain perfect state of peace.

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

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