Gyaneshwari 131

Gyaneshwari -Sant Gyaneshwar



O Partha, is that this sway of desires gives a person pleasure and pain without the knowledge of the body. This action which ensues without the senses being aware of it, is said to be simply mental action (5155).

The yogis too perform such actions, but they are not bound by them, as they are free from egoistic feeling. When a person becomes imbecile or is possessed by a spirit, then his sense-activities become disorganised. He sees the figure of a person, hears when he is accosted, speaks with his tongue, but his mind does not register what he does. Whatever is done is without purpose, know that action to be of the senses. And whatever is done with full knowledge, know that it is the action of the intellect, so said Shri Hari (56-60).

Those who take recourse to intellect and perform actions with wisdom, they become free from the bondage of action. Those who perform actions ranging between the intellectual and the physical without the egoistic feeling, remain pure even while they work. My friend, the action that is done without the notion of agency is non-action. This truth is known from the instruction of the teacher. Now I have told you what transcends speech, so much so, that the serene sentiment is spilling from my overfull mind. He alone is competent to hear this, whose senses have lost the craving for objects (61-65).

Then the hearers said, “Enough of this digression. Please do not interrupt the context, as it will disturb the sequence of the verses. You have fully explained to us that which is difficult for the mind to comprehend and even for the searching intellect to grasp. If, what is by nature beyond speech can be expressed in words, what more do we want? Please proceed with the narration.” Appreciating this ardent desire of the hearers, the disciple of Nivritti said: “Hear now attentively the conversation between these two.” Then Lord Krishna said to Partha, “I shall tell you the characteristics of one who has attained Yoga, listen (66-70).”