Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 107

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-56

duhkhesv anudvigna-manah
sukhesu vigata-sprhah
sthita-dhir munir ucyate[1]


One who is not disturbed in mind even amidst the threefold miseries or elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.


The word muni means one who can agitate his mind in various ways for mental speculation without coming to a factual conclusion. It is said that every muni has a different angle of vision, and unless a muni differs from other munis, he cannot be called a muni in the strict sense of the term. Näsäv rsir yasya matamna bhinnam [2] But a sthita-dhir muni, as mentioned herein by the Lord, is different from an ordinary muni. The sthita-dhir muni is always in krsna consciousness, for he has exhausted all his business of creative speculation. He is called prasänta-nihsesa-mano-rathäntara ( [3]),or one who has surpassed the stage of mental speculations and has come to the conclusion that Lord Sri Krsna, or Väsudeva, is everything ([4]). He is called a muni fixed in mind. Such a fully krsna conscious person is not at all disturbed by the [5] of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds; and he sees that his miseries, by the grace of the Lord, are minimized to the lowest. Similarly, when he is happy he gives credit to the Lord, thinking himself unworthy of the happiness; he realizes that it is due only to the Lord’s grace that he is in such a comfortable condition and able to render better service to the Lord. And, for the service of the Lord, he is always daring and active and is not influenced by attachment or aversion. Attachment means accepting things for one’s own sense gratification, and detachment is the absence of such sensual attachment. But one fixed in krsna consciousness has neither attachment nor detachment because his life is dedicated in the service of the Lord. Consequently he is not at all angry even when his attempts are unsuccessful. Success or no success, a Krsna conscious person is always steady in his determination.



  1. duhkhesu=in the threefold miseries; anudvigna-manäh=without being agitated in mind; sukhesu=in happiness; vigata-sprhah=without being interested; vita=free from; räga=attachment; bhaya=fear; krodhah=and
    anger; sthita-dhih=whose mind is steady; munih=a sage;ucyate=is called.
  2. Mahäbhärata, Vana-parva 313.117.
  3. Stotra-ratna 43
  4. väsudevah sarvam iti sa mahätmä su-durlabhah
  5. onslaughts

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