Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya 487

Srimad Bhagavad Gita -Ramanujacharya

Chapter-16 Daivāsura Sampad Vibhāga Yogaḥ


śrī bhagavān uvāca

abhayaṃ sattva saṃśuddhiḥ jñāna yoga vyavasthitaḥ |
dānaṃ damaśca yajñāśca svādhyāyas tapa ārjavam || 1 ||

The Blessed Lord said:

1. Fearlessness, purity of mind, consistent contemplation on wisdom, philanthropy, self-control,
worship, study of Vedas, self-discipline, forthrightness,


'Fear' — is defined as anxiety that arises from the perception of [future] suffering in the form of separation from cherished things or association with adverse objects — the absence of this emotion is 'fearlessness'.

'Purity of mind' — the Sattvic condition of the mind being freed from Rajas and Tamas.

'Consistent contemplation on wisdom' — steady persistence in discriminating between the true nature of the Self and of Prakrti.

'Philanthropy' — giving away one's wealth earned through right means to the deserving poor.

'Self-control' — the practice of withdrawing the mind from sense-objects.

'Worship' — the performance of the fivefold sacrifices (pañca-mahā-yajña) and other rituals simply as service to the Lord without attachment to the merit obtained.

'Study of the Vedas' — regular study of the Vedas with the conviction that all the teachings of the Vedas deal with the Lord, with His glories and with the mode of worshipping Him.

'Self-discipline' — the practice of penances like Krcchra & Candrayana; fasting on the twelfth day of the lunar fortnight, etc., which foster an inclination for performing acts pleasing to the Lord.

'forthrightness' — consistency in thought, word and deed in one's dealings with others.


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