Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 292

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

Chapter 6: Verse-36

asamyatätmanä yogo duspräpa iti me matih
vasyätmanä tu yatatä sakyo ’väptum upäyatah[1]


For one whose mind is unbridled, self-realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead declares that one who does not accept the proper treatment to detach the mind from material engagement can hardly achieve success in self-realization. Trying to practice yoga while engaging the mind in material enjoyment is like trying to ignite a fire while pouring water on it. Yoga practice without mental control is a waste of time. Such a show of yoga may be materially lucrative, but it is useless as far as spiritual realization is concerned. Therefore, one must control the mind by engaging it constantly in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. Unless one is engaged in krsna consciousness, he cannot steadily control the mind. A Krsna conscious person easily achieves the result of yoga practice without separate endeavor, but a yoga practitioner cannot achieve success without becoming krsna conscious.



  1. asamyata=unbridled; ätmanä=by the mind; yogah=self-realization; duspräpah=difficult to obtain; iti=thus; me=My; matih=opinion; vasya=controlled; ätmanä=by the mind; tu=but; yatatä=while endeavoring; sakyah=practical; aväptum=to achieve; upäyatah=by appropriate means.

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