Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 283

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

Chapter 6: Verse-26

yato yato niçcalati
manas caïcalam asthiram
tatas tato niyamyaitad
ätmany eva vasam nayet[1]


From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self.


The nature of the mind is flickering and unsteady. But a self-realized yogi has to control the mind; the mind should not control him. One who controls the mind (and therefore the senses as well) is called gosvämi, or svämi, and one who is controlled by the mind is called go-däsa, or the servant of the senses. A gosvämi knows the standard of sense happiness. In transcendental sense happiness, the senses are engaged in the service of Hrsikesa, or the supreme owner of the senses—Krsna. Serving krsna with purified senses is called krsna consciousness. That is the way of bringing the senses under full control. What is more, that is the highest perfection of yoga practice.



  1. yatah yatah=wherever; niscalati=becomes verily agitated; manah=the mind; caïcalam=flickering; asthiram=unsteady; tatah tatah=from there; niyamya=regulating; etat=this; ätmani=in the self; eva=certainly; vasam=control; nayet=must bring under.

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